Subotic’s focus on defense and teamwork has paid off for Riyadi.
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There is no doubt that Riyadi Beirut head into the new season with the most complete squad and a stability that has rarely been seen among the league's elite, giving them a clear advantage when the league tips off this month.Last year, Riyadi unquestionably showed the most efficient basketball in the league thanks to a fantastic system, based on intense defense and teamwork instilled into the side by Slovenian head coach Slobodan Subotic.The return of IbrahimRiyadi received a big blow last season when Ahmad Ibrahim was injured with a clot in his hand, adding pressure to Jean Abdelnour and Amir Saoud before the team eventually drafted in former scorer Dewarick Spencer to fill the scoring gap.However, with his return, Riyadi's backcourt will be formed of only local players – the only team not to require the services of a foreign guard. Riyadi are definitely a team who can enter any short-format competition and obliterate teams.For a team whose head coach has proved to be a magnificent tactician, Riyadi will be odds-on favorites for the championship.
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