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Roy Samaha
Hekmeh  – No. 10
Center / Power Forward
Born September 12, 1984 (1984-09-12) (age 25)
Zahle, Lebanon
Nationality Lebanese-French
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 255 lb (116 kg)
Pro career 1999–present

Roy Nicolas Samaha (born 12 September, 1984 in Zahle) is a Lebanese professional basketball center currently playing with Hekmeh of the Lebanese Basketball League. Samaha is a key element in the Lebanon national basketball team and participated lately in the 2006 FIBA World Championship, FIBA Asia Championship 2007 and FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men 2008.[1]

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Early years

Samaha started his basketball career in 1999 when he was recruited by one of the leading Basketball teams in Lebanon, Sagesse Team. He joined Sagesse and made his way to the first team in the end of 1999 to become the youngest Lebanese player in the Lebanese Basketball League.

Professional sports career

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Sagesse (Hekmeh) Years (1999-2004)

Samaha played with Sagesse team for 4 consecutive seasons where he helped his team win 4 Lebanese Basketball League Championships, 3 Lebanese Cups and for the first time in Lebanon's history, 2 FIBA Asia Champions Cup titles in 2000 and 2004.

Blue Stars Years (2005-2007)

Samaha transferred from Sagesse to Blue Stars team for three consecutive seasons. He played as a starter and was one of the team's best rebounders and defensive players.

Mouttahed (2007-2009)

Following his time with the Blue Stars, Samaha joined the newly promoted to Division A Al Mouttahed Tripoli team. Samaha averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds a game and led his team to the semi-finals and caused an upset by beating his former team and one of the favorites to win the championship.. Al Mouttahed Tripoli later on lost in the finals to Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut 3 to 1, noting that (Riyadi) hadn't lost to any team during the entire 2007 season.

Sagesse (2009 Till present)

After his injury , Samaha rejoined his former team the green castle Sagesse.

Honors and awards

  • Lebanese Cup Winner -01, 02, 03
  • Lebanese League Champion -01, 02, 03, 04
  • Asian Club Championships -01, 04(winner), 07 (Quarterfinals)
  • Lebanese U18 National Team -01
  • West Asian championship (junior) 1st place -01
  • Lebanese National Team -02-08
  • World Championships -02, 06
  • Lebanese Cup Finalist -04, 07
  • Lebanese League Regular Season Runner-Up -04, 07, 08
  • WABA Cup -04
  • Lebanese U20 National Team -04
  • Asian U20 Championships in Tehran (Iran) - 04
  • WABA Championships in Tehran -04
  • Lebanese League Semifinals -05, 06
  • Lebanese Cup Semifinals -06
  • World Championships in Japan -06: 5 games: 4.6ppg, 3.8rpg
  • Asian Games in Doha -06
  • Lebanese League Finalist -07, 08
  • William Jones Cup Tournament -07
  • Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Most Improved Player of the Year -08
  • Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Honorable Mention -08

Personal

Samaha graduated from the Lebanese American University (Jbeil). Prior to joing Moutahed Tripoli in 2007, Samaha played in France (with Paris Basket Racing)[2]

References

  1. ^ Player biography fiba.com
  2. ^ Profile AsiaBasket

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