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June 2024
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Wael Arakji named Basketball Champions League Asia 2024 MVP

DUBAI (UAE) - Wael Arakji performed phenomenally at the Basketball Champions League Asia 2024 to be awarded as MVP and get Al Riyadi their title.

Arakji had his best game of the competition in the Final where he poured in 31 points including 22 in the third quarter. Arakji also finished the title-clinching game with 9 assists and only one turnover while shooting 11-13 from the field and making 6 three-pointers. The 29-year-old led the competition in assists with 42 in total.

For the tournament, he averaged 21.0 points on 75.5 percent field-goal shooting and 71.4 percent three-point shooting to go with 4.0 rebounds and 8.4 assists per game.

Earlier in the Semi-Finals, he dished out a tournament-high 14 assists against the Hiroshima Dragonflies.

Arakji was also the TISSOT MVP of FIBA Asia Cup 2022 where Lebanon finished in second.

Arakji was joined on the Tournament Top Five by Riyadi teammate Thon Maker, Marcus Georges-Hunt and Travin Thibodeaux from Shabab Al Ahli, and Sina Vahedi from Shahrdary Gorgan.

Maker saved his best game for the last in the tournament, going for 26 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks. He led all players in blocked shots with 11 in total and averaged 15.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per game.

Marcus Georges-Hunt was the driving force for host and runners-up Shabab Al Ahli in the championship game, finishing with 21 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 5 made three-pointers. He'd end up averaging 16.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game in the competition.

Travin Thibodeaux was also one of Shabab Al Ahli's top players throughout the competition and averaged 14.8 points on 50 percent shooting, 9.8 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game. One of his best games was a near triple-double of 20 points, 13 rebounds, and 8 assists against the Liaoning Flying Leopards.

Sina Vahedi continues to shine as one of Iran basketball's rising stars, averaging 17.0 points on 50 percent field-goal shooting and 39.1 percent three-point shooting to go with 3.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.2 steals per game.