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Arab Club Championships 2011 Basketball


Play-Off bracket1

Arab Club Championships Standings
Group A
1. ASS Sale 3-1
2. Sharjah 3-1
3. Al Gharrafah   2-2
4. Al Riyadi 1-3
5. CRB Dar El-B. 1-3
Group B
1. Champville 5-0
2. ASU 4-1
3. Al Karkh   3-2
4. Banijas 2-3
5. Al Ahli 1-4
6. Al Sahel 0-5


Sharjah claim Arab Club Championship title - May 25, 2011

Sharjah - ASS Sale 80:73

Sharjah made history tonight. They claimed their first ever Arab Club Championship title. Sharjah toppled ASS Sale for the crown in Abu Dhabi. Radhouane Slimane (205-C-80) stepped up with 31 points to pace the UAE team to the victory.
Sharjah fired 28 points in the starting frame to clear off. They posted a 6-point advantage after ten minutes. Sharjah continued to dominate in the second frame. They registered a 55:41 halftime buffer. ASS Sale stopped the rot in the third term. The Moroccan team stiffened their defence and cut the distance to 5 points with one quarter remaining. ASS Sale got within three points in the final term but Sharjah survived the challenge and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Rashed Alzaabi (190-F-88) provided 22 points in the win. Cory Bradford (191-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) finished with 13 points for the champions. Abdelhakim Zouita (201-F-86) answered with 20 points for ASS Sale. Abderrahim Najah (198-F/C-84) finished with 12 points in the loss.

Sharjah: Radhouane Slimane 31, Rashed Alzaabi 22, Cory Bradford 13
ASS Sale: Abdelhakim Zouita 20, Abderrahim Najah 12



ASS Sale and Sharjah will play for the title - May 24, 2011

Semifinals:

ASS Sale - ASU 74:62
ASS Sale became the first Arab Club Championship finalists. They held off ASU of Jordan in the first semifinal clash on Tuesday. Christian Bayang (193-G-87) delivered 14 points for ASS Sale.
The Moroccan team started the game strongly led by Christian Piang. The African team ensured a 19:14 lead after ten minutes. They boosted the margin to 10 points at halftime 40:30. ASU tried to change the flow of the game in the third term. The Jordanian side cut the deficit at 7-point mark. But ASS Sale regained the tempo in the final term and escaped with a comfortable win at the end. Abdelhakim Zouita (201-F-86) added 8 points in the winning effort. Watkins Jameel (211-C/F-77, college: Georgetown) responded with 15 points for ASU.
ASS Sale will take on Sharjah in the Final, while ASU will play against Champville for the Bronze medals.


Sharjah - Champville 80:75
Sharjah performed a miraculous comeback to overcome Champville and book the spot in Arab Club Championship Final. They will take on ASS Sale of Morocco tonight. Champville entered the game undefeated but could not capitalize on 22-point lead in the second term losing the game eventually. Cory Bradford (191-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) knocked down 22 points to lead Sharjah.
Champville stunned Sharjah early in the encounter. The Lebanese team limited those to 10 points in the opening quarter and recorded a massive 27:10 lead ten minutes into the game. The margin grew at 22-point mark early in the second frame before Sharjah started to show signs of life. The team from UAE cut the deficit at 8-point mark at halftime 35:43. Sharjah narrowed the gap to just 5 points at the final break 55:60. Soon Sharjah drew things level before Cory Bradford and Radhouane Slimane (205-C-80) dragged Sharjah to the victory. Rashed Alzaabi (190-F-88) provided 20 points in the victory. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) answered with 34 points for Champville. Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, college: Providence) had 18 points in the loss.


Champville advance into Arab Club Championship semifinals - May 23, 2011

Champville - Riyadi 73:69

Champville booked the spot in the Arab Club Championship semifinals. They held off their archrivals Riyadi at the quarterfinal stage in Abu Dhabi today. Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, college: Providence) nailed 27 points and collected 13 rebounds in the win.
Champville started strongly as they ensured a 25:17 lead after ten minutes. Riadi picked up the slack in the second frame. They narrowed the deficit at just a single point 38:39 at the interval. Riaydi improved their performance in the third term and eventually spurred in front. Riaydi entered the final quarter up by three points 60:57. But Champville turned things around in the final period. They managed to surge back in front and hung on to secure the sixth straight win at the tournament. Riyadi in the meantime suffered the fourth defeat in a row. Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84, college: Kent St.) accounted for 22 points, while Mazen Mneimneh (192-G-86) added 14 points and 6 boards in the win. Jean Abed El Nour (197-G/F-83) had 20 points for Riyadi. Nathanel Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) dropped 13 points, collected 6 rebounds and dished out 4 assists in the loss. Champville will take on the winners of Karkh vs. Sharja clash in the semis.

Champville: Garnett Thompson 27+13 boards, Jasmon Youngblood 22, Mazen Mneimneh 14
Riyadi: Jean Abed El Nour 20, Nathanel Johnson 13


Champville celebrate fourth straight win in Abu Dhabi - May 20, 2011

Champville earned the fourth straight win at the Arab Club Championship. They toppled Banijas 80:67 to stay on top of preliminary Group B. Banijas fell at 2-2 record after the loss. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) erupted for 33 points to pace the Lebanese team. Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, college: Providence) accounted for 22 points in the winning effort.
Karkh toppled Sahel 97:85 to improve at 3-1 record in Group B.
In the meantime two-time defending champions Riyadi suffered the second straight defeat. They surrendered against ASS Sale of Morocco 69:86. ASS Sale registered the third consecutive win to climb on top of Group A.
Sharjah raced to the second win at the tournament as they outgunned ambitious Gharrafah 96:83.


Gharrafah upset Riyadi in Abu Dhabi - May 19, 2011

Riyadi - Gharrafah 66:70

Gharrafah recorded the second straight win at the Arab Club Championship in Abu Dhabi. Today they upset two-time defending champions Riaydi of Lebanon to climb on top of the ladder in Group A. Boney Watson (183-G, college: Sam Houston St.) stepped up with 19 points, 5 boards and 5 assists to lead the effort. Riaydi fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
Gharrafah opened the game confidently as they registered a 20:17 lead after ten minutes. Riaydi took over in the second frame. The Lebanese powerhouse surged ahead to enjoy a 39:31 halftime lead. Riyadi maintained the advantage throughout the third stanza. The Lebanese side entered the final stanza up by 7 points 58:51. But Gharrafah held their opponents to just 8 points in the fourth term and celebrated quite unexpected win at the end. Ousseynou N'Diaye (195-G/F-85, agency: Court Side) knocked down 16 points, while Omar Salem (190-G) finished with 14 points in the win. Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) replied with 15 points and 12 rebounds for Riyadi. Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) netted 11 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 7 assists in the loss.

Riyadi: Loren Woods 15+12 boards, Ahmad Ismail 11
Gharrafah: Boney Watson 19, Ousseynou N'Diaye 16, Omar Salem 14


Champville ease past ASU - May 18, 2011

Champville - ASU 85:70

Champville celebrated the third win in as many games at the Arab Club Championship. The Lebanese powerhouse cruised past ASU to climb on top of Group B. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) exploded with 35 points to pace the winners.
Champville dominated from start to finish. They enjoyed a 21:10 lead after ten minutes. Champville boosted the gap to as many as 17 points at the interval 45:28. Fadi Khatib had 21 points in the first half. ASU struggled to revive intrigue in the second half. Champville secured a comfortable 31-point advantage heading into the fourth stanza. ASU cut the deficit by half but could not avoid the first loss at the tournament at the end.


Victories for Champville, Karkh and Gharrafah on Day 3 - May 17, 2011

Champville - Ahli 113:94
Champville recorded the second straight win at the Arab Club Championship. They breezed past Omani Ahli in Group B. Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, college: Providence) stepped up with 30 points and 8 boards to pace the Lebanese powerhouse.
Champville had to overcome a resistant start from the Omani team early in the game. The Lebanese team posted a 28:20 lead after ten minutes. Champville limited their opponents to 10 points in the second term and stretched the margin to as many as 27 points at halftime 57:30. Champville dominated after the big break easily opening a 30+ advantage and cruised to the win at the end. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) provided 29 points, while Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84, college: Kent St.) contributed 12 points in the victory. Scott Thompson (213-F/C) responded with 30 points for Ahli.


Banijas - Karkh 79:80
Karkh earned the first win at the Arab Club Championship in UAE. They overcame hosting Banijas tonight to improve at 1-1 record in preliminary Group B. Banijas fell at 1-1 record after the defeat.
The Iraqi team secured a narrow 17:16 lead after a close first quarter. But the hosts quickly spurred in front in the second term. They grabbed a 39:32 lead at the interval. Banijas remained in front throughout the third term. The UAE team entered the final period up by a single point. But led by Chudney Gray (188-G-78, agency: Promotex, college: St.John's) Karkh eked out an important victory at the end. Chudney Gray stepped up with 29 points to pace the charge. Norman Nolan (202-F/C-76, college: Virginia) had 22 points, while Ahmed Saad notched 11 points in the win. Darrel Pitterfield replied with 22 points and 9 rebounds for Banijas. Cyril Vakenda chipped in 19 points, while Ibrahim Khalfan (181-F-79) had 13 points in the loss.

CRB Dar El-Beida Gharrafah 73:75


Champville and Riyadi earn wins at Arab Club Championship - May 17, 2011

Champville and Riyadi victoriously opened their Arab Club Championship campaigns. They celebrated wins in Group B and A respectively.
Champville face Sahel of Kuwait in their first game at the tournament. Champville gave little chance for their opponents. The Lebanese team earned a 27:12 lead after the opening frame. Sahel stopped the rot and the teams exchanged baskets throughout the next two periods. Sahel were able to cut the deficit in the final term but hardly challenged Champville at the end. Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, college: Providence) delivered 27 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Mazen Mneimneh (192-G-86) added 15 points, while Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84, college: Kent St.) provided 11 points in the victory.
In the meantime two-time defending champions Riyadi faced CRB Dar El-Beida of Algeria. Riyadi proved their strength claiming a comprehensive 87:71 win at the end. Riyadi held their opponents to just 9 points in the first frame to build a 6-point lead. The Lebanese team stretched it to 10 points heading into the final period and never looked back en route to the victory. Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) erupted for 28 points to lead the charge. Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) contributed 16 points in the winning effort.

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