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This article is about the club's basketball programme. For general club information for all sports, see Hekmeh. For football (soccer) programme, see Hekmeh FC.
Sagesse Basketball Club
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Leagues Lebanese Basketball League (Pepsi FLB League): Div.1
Founded 1992
Arena Ghazir Stadium [1]
(capacity: 5,000)
Location Ashrafieh, Lebanon
Team colors Green, white
President Lebanon Joseph Abed L masih
Team manager Lebanon Fouad Abou Chacra
Head coach Lebanon Fouad Abou Chacra
Championships 8 Lebanese Championships
3 FIBA Asia Champions Cups
3 West Asian Championships
2 Arab Club Championships
Website http://www.clubsagesse.org/
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Hekmeh or Al-Hikma or Club Sagesse (Arabic: الحكمة‎; also known as Club Sportif La Sagesse) is a Lebanese basketball club based in Beirut. The basketball programme was established in 1992, as part of the historic Hekmeh club established in 1943 with mainly football (soccer) programme. The basketball team became far more popular than the initial football team.


Al-Hikma in classical Arabic, El-Hekmeh in Lebanese dialect stands for "wisdom", thus also the French alternative name of the club, Sagesse (meaning wisdom in French).

The historical Hekmeh club was founded in 1943 under the patronage of the late father Boulos Kik, supported by his excellency late Mgr. Jean Maroun.

The basketball program was founded in 1992. It became one of the most successful Lebanese basketball clubs with 8 Lebanese Basketball League Championships, 7 Lebanese Basketball Cups, 2 Arab Club Championships, and 3 FIBA Asia Champions Cup titles.

During its best years, and financed by Lebanese media tycoon and the Godfather of Lebanese basketball Antoine Choueiri, Hekmeh / Sagesse included on its rosters some of the most impactful player names including the Lebanese National Basketball Team members Elie Mechantaf and Fadi El Khatib , notable foreigners and National basketball coach Ghassan Sarkis, taking Lebanese Basketball to new heights.

Sagesse was the only Arab and only Asian club to ever participate in the basketball club world championship the McDonald's Championship organized by FIBA and the NBA , it was in the 1999 edition when Sagesse went as the Champion of Asia. The 1999 McDonald's Championship was the first and only time FIBA Asia was represented in the tournament.[2]


Lebanese Basketball League
  • 8 times champions: 1993-1994, 1997-1998, 1998-1999, 1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2002–2003, 2003-2004
Lebanese Basketball Cup
  • 7 times champions: 1993,1998,1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003
Arab Club Championship
  • 2 times champions: 1998 and 1999
FIBA Asia Champions Cup
  • 3 times champions: 1999, 2000, 2004 (Record)
West Asian Basketball League
  • 3 times champions: 2002, 2005, 2006
International tournaments
  • 1999 McDonald's Basketball Club World Championship (Participant) [5][6]
  • 2001: Damascus International Tournament (champions)
  • 2002: Dubai International Tournament (champions)
  • 2014: Qadisiya International Tournament (champions)
  • 2014: Abu Dhabi International Tournament (champions)
Special Awards
  • 1999 Best professional basketball team in Asia.

(Awarded by FIBA Asia known as the Asian Basketball Confederation back then for the first time in 1999 with Sagesse Club as the inaugural winner.)[7]


Sagesse roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht.
G/F 8 Lebanon Rustom, Elie 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
SG 9 Lebanon Stephan, Elie 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
PG 11 Lebanon Akl, Rodrigue (C) 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
SG 24 Lebanon Khoury, Sabah 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
F Lebanon Gyokchyan, Hayk 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
F Lebanon Ammoury, Bachir 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
F/C Lebanon Bou Dagher, Robert 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
C Lebanon Samaha, Roy 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in)
G United States Dixon, Dion 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
C United States McNeal, Tyronne 2.12 m (6 ft 11 in)
F United States Chism, Wayne 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Lebanon Tigran Gyokchyan
  • Lebanon Koko Krikorian

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

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Notable coaches[edit]

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