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UAE vs Lebanon
Third day of the preliminary round of the 2007 FIBA Asia Championhip, Tokushima, Japan. 30 July 2007.
30/07/2007LIB/UAE - No problems for Lebanon

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TOKUSHIMA (FIBA Asia Championship) - Last edition's runners-up Lebanon exorcized the ghosts of Sunday's shock defeat, with a rather perfunctory 106-64 win against the United Arab Emirates to wrap up their Group 'B' engagements on Monday.

"We had to get back into our rhythm. When you lose a tight game, it's not always easy to get your focus back in less than a day," said Lebanon coach Dragan Raca.

"That way I'm glad we didn't make too many mistakes," the Greek-Cypriot added.

Asked if he had set any specific margin of victory, Raca replied: "This is a Championship. And they are not some pushovers. I was worried if my players would get carried away. Luckily, they didn't."

"So there was no question of setting any targets. The only target was to play properly and win the match. I think we achieved that," the 44-year-old said.

"Matches will definitely get tougher, and we need to play them in quick succession. There's going to be no time to breathe even," he said.

Raca's counterpart, and a very close friend, Zoran Zupcevic, said: "Like I said earlier, our real challenge begins tomorrow." UAE are aiming to finish higher their previous best 10th place ranking -- at Fukuoka 1999 and Shanghai 2001.

"Any experience can only help us in our development," the Bosnian added.

Scores
Lebanon 106 (Fadi El-Khatib 37, Joseph Vogel 14, Omar El-Turk 13) bt UAE 64 (Jassim Haji 15, Talal Alnuaimi 13). Quarterwise: 34-3, 57-31, 88-50.

S Mageshwaran
FIBA Asia