Al Sadd came up with a sensational third quarter display to record an 87-81 win over Al Arabi in the semi-finals of HH the Amir Cup basketball tournament at the Al Gharafa Sports Club yesterday.
Devin Green with 24 points and Dominic James and Moustafa Fouda with 18 excelled for Al Sadd, while Kevin Galloway shone for Al Arabi with 22.
Following a neck-neck-neck first two quarters after which Al Sadd trailed 42-46, it required a spirited effort to claw back into the game and earn the right to fight for the prestigious trophy.
And that was exactly what they did as they scored 20 points and their defence restricted Al Arabi to just six to take a comfortable 62-52 lead into the final 10 minutes. So effective was the Al Sadd defence in the third quarter that Al Arabi couldn’t add to their score of 46 in the first five minutes.
In that corresponding period, Al Sadd scored eight points, adding 12 more in the next five minutes to turn the match in their favour. Al Arabi were left shocked at the sudden turn of events and tried their best to come back into the match.
They surely made a fight of it, scoring 29 points in the final quarter, but Al Sadd also added 25 points, eventually 10-point advantage, standing them in good stead in the end.Courtesy:GulfTimes