Beirut s Justin Dentmon is guarded by Riyadi s Jean Abdelnour. (The Daily Star/Sako Yeretsian, HO)
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Beirut rallied from an 11-point deficit before storming to an 82-67 Game 5 rout of Riyadi in the Lebanese Basketball League Finals in Cheyah Friday. Beirut shot a sterling 48 percent from 3-point range en route to the convincing win, and now trail the best-of-seven series 3-2 ahead of Game 6 in Manara.Beirut would finally get their bearings after a dire opening, with Chris Crawford's triple capping a timely 7-2 run to trim the deficit to three points at 17-14 .Nikolos Tskitishvili then made a vital contribution from the bench, knocking down consecutive 3-point daggers as Beirut's scorching flurry coincided with a scoreless opening four minutes from Riyadi.Tskitishvili then completed a priceless four-point play as Beirut clinched Game 5 to keep alive their designs on a maiden league title.
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