Dubai: Jumeirah College (JC) complicated the qualifying scenarios for Group B in the High School Basketball Championship by beating Dubai International School (DIS) 33-29 on Friday.
DIS, who needed a win to follow Choueifat into the final four, failed in their attempt after a spirited comeback from JC. DIS led 13-4 early on but, as in previous games, their indiscipline got them into trouble. This time, their opponent was efficient from the free-throw line and made them pay.
With this loss, DIS end their group games with two wins and two losses and, with Al Mawakeb School (AMS) winning their final game on Saturday, the two are now on equal records.
AMS welcomed back their star player Ahmad Rahmi after missing last week's game, and he helped them overpower Australian International School (AIS) 46-32.
With two games remaining, JC now have the upper hand but could potentially end with a similar 2-2 record that would push the group into a three-way tiebreaker to decide the second semi-finalist.
Group A games this weekend saw St. Mary's (STM) defeat JESS 67-28 to end with a perfect 4-0 record. The championship will resume on January 7.