Sagesse have recently emerged as a strong side following the acquisition of several star names.
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The 26th Dubai International Tournament reaches its decisive stage when the quarterfinals get underway Thursday, as Lebanese champions Riyadi face the UAE's Shabab club while Sagesse take on Egypt's Zamalek.The pair have been embroiled in a burgeoning rivalry, as the Moroccan side ousted Riyadi from the semifinals of the Arab club championship at the same stage in the Abu Dhabi International tournament.The Beirut side are also looking to put behind them a historic 23-point defeat against arch-rivals Sagesse last week in the domestic league.All odds are favoring an all-Lebanese final with Sagesse and Riyadi facing off.First, a depleted Sagesse side lost 88-57 to Riyadi in the 2013 Dubai tournament final before going down 4-2 in last year's domestic league final in the best-of-seven series.
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