Riyadi found life difficult without talisman Ahmad. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Azakir)
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Riyadi survived a scare to beat bottom-side Hoops 78-72 and reclaim top spot from archrivals Sagesse during round 16 of the Lebanese Basketball League at Murr Stadium Wednesday.Hoops impressed with their fast-paced game, earning a 34-28 lead with two minutes left in the second, before Slobodan Subotic's side rallied to a 35-34 halftime advantage.After tying the score at 52 before the fourth, Riyadi waited until the last two minutes to ensure their hard-fought victory 78-72 .With their win, Riyadi are now first at 12-4 ahead of Sagesse in second on head-to-head advantage. Haidar led the scoring for Riyadi with 17 points and five rebounds, while Saoud sunk 15 points coming off the bench. American point guard Brandon Johnson top scored for Hoops with 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, while Hussein Tawbe added 14 points and seven rebounds.
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