Dubai: The Al Wasl basketball team defeated Al Ahli of Bahrain and Al Arabi of Kuwait in Group B to become favourites to reach the semifinals of the GCC clubs basketball championships in Doha.
Al Wasl, who lost the title last year when they were beaten in the final, are eager to clinch it this time. They look set to meet Al Qadsiya of Kuwait, the second team in Group A.
Al Wasl scored a big win in their second match when they defeated Al Arabi of Kuwait 94-68.
They won the first quarter 25-16 and the second 46-33. Al Wasl went on to widen the difference to 22 points after winning the third quarter 71-49 and finished the match 94-68.
Al Wasl won their first match in Group B by defeating Al Ahli of Bahrain 79-69 following a tough clash. Al Wasl's coach Abdul Hamid Ebrahim used his senior sqaud in the first two matches. The team included Ebrahim Khalfan, Khalifa Al Shaiba, Younis Khamis, Ali Abbas, Ayoub Abbas, Jasim Abdul Redha, Rashid Naser, Mal Allah Rashid and American player Courney.
Al Rayan of Qatar top Group A and meet the second team of Group B in the semifinals tomorrow.
Al Wasl scored a big win in their second match when they defeated Al Arabi of Kuwait 94-68. They won the first quarter 25-16 and the second 46-33...