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Brian Beshara
Sagesse Beirut
Forward
Born December 30, 1977 (1977-12-30) (age 32)
Dallas, Texas (USA)
Nationality Lebanon, USA
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 209 lb (95 kg)
College Louisiana State University NCAA
Pro career 2001–present

Brian Anthony Beshara Feghali (born 30 December 1977 in Dallas, Texas, United States) is a Lebanese basketball player with Sagesse Beirut of the Lebanese Basketball League. Feghali is also a member of the Lebanese national basketball team. At 6'9", he is Lebanon's starting forward and plays an important role on both the offensive and defensive sides. His former LSU coach John Brady describes him as follows:"Brian Beshara is a good basketball player. He's tough. He's competitive. He believes in what he's doing."[1]

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College and Club Basketball

After graduating from Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas, Beshara played college basketball first for one year at Rice and then three years with the LSU Tigers.

After his career at LSU, Brian Beshara opted to play basketball in Lebanon. In 2001, he joined Lebanese Champions and Arab and Asian Club Champions Sagesse Beirut (Hekmeh), where he teamed up with local stars such as Fadi El Khatib and Elie Mchantaf and played under National Coach Ghassan Sarkis.

Following a two year spell at Sagesse, Beshara left for the recently formed Lebanese club, Blue Stars, where he played for a couple of years during which he was limited with various injuries. After Blue Stars, Beshara rejoined his former coach, Sarkis, for the 2005/2006 season, with his new team, Champville. Beshara served as team captain while with Champville. Following a disagreement with the club's management, Beshara left Champville and found himself without a team for the 2006/2007 season, as Champville refused to free him from his contract and let him join league champions Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut.

National Team Basketball

Brian Beshara is an important asset for Lebanese national basketball team. He played part in the qualification to both the 2002 and 2006 world championships in Indianapolis and Japan, respectively.

Below are some recent statistics[2] for his performance with the national team.

Competition PPG RPG APG
FIBA Asia Championship for Men 2007 8.1 5.4 0.3
FIBA World Championship 2006 9.8 4.6 2

One of the highest achievements realized by the Lebanese national basketball team was their 74-73 victory over the French national basketball team on August 23rd, 2006 during the 2006 World Championship in Sendai, Japan. In the game, Beshara scored 11 points and led the team with 8 rebounds.[3]

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