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Play-Off bracket4
Asian Club Championships Standings
Group A
 1. Al Riyadi 4-0 
 2. Al Rayyan 3-1 
 3. BK Almaty 2-2 
 4. Zain 1-3 
 5. MubaHang 0-4 
Group B
 1. Al Wasl 4-0 
 2. Saba 3-1 
 3. Muharraq 2-2 
 4. Al Qadsia 1-3 
 5. ONGC 0-4 

Saba battery won Asian Club Championship 2008
Saba wins Asian Club Championship 2008

Saba Battery 2007-2008
Mehran Tab Shain Mehran Tab Shain
Tab Shain
Samad Bahrami
Hamed Hadadi
Behzad Afradi
Karam Ahmadian
Kamran Jamshidvand


Bahrami Samad 200 (6'7'') F/G 83 Iranian


Hadadi Hamed 218 (7'2'') C 85 Iranian


Afradi Behzad 198 (6'6'') F 71 Iranian


Ahmadian Karam 197 (6'6'') F 77 Iranian


Jamshidvand Kamran 187 (6'2'') F 80 Iranian


Eslamieh Hamed 189 (6'3'') G 83 Iranian


Muoneke Gabe 200 (6'7'') F 78 Nigerian USA


Tabeshnia Saeed 190 (6'3'') G 71 Iranian


Baheran Ali 186 (6'1'') G 86 Iranian


Bedouei Mohammad 181 (5'11'') G 86 Iranian


Kardoust Asghar 211 (6'11'') C 86 Iranian


Irani Mohammad 193 (6'4'') F 85 Iranian
Team Manager: Moeini Nasrollah
Manager: Pour-Sharafi Mamoud
Head Coach: Tab Shain Mehran
Assistant: Gharegozlou Hossein
Assistant: Shah-Ali Mohsen All-Asian Club Championships Awards 2008




El Khatib

MVP: Gabe Muoneke (200-F-78) of Saba
Best Guard: Eric Chatfield (191-G-79) of Rayyan
Best Forward: Gabe Muoneke of Saba
Best Center: Herve Lamizana (208-F/C-81) of Wasl
Best Import Player: Gabe Muoneke of Saba
Best Domestic Player: Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79) of Riyadi
Best Coach: Mehran Tab Shain of Saba

1st Team
DaJuan Tate (196-G/F-81) of Saba
Eric Chatfield of Rayyan
Gabe Muoneke of Saba
Fadi El Khatib of Riyadi
Herve Lamizana of Wasl

2nd Team
Eric Chatfield of Wasl
Samad Nikkhah (200-F/G-83) of Saba
Rah-Shun Roberts (202-F-75) of Muharraq
Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80) of Qadsia
Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) of Riyadi

Honorable Mention
Daoud Musa (193-G-82) of Rayyan
Yaseen Ismail (204-F-80) of Rayyan
Donald Little (211-C-78) of Muharraq
Anton Kataev (201-F-84) of Almaty
Boney Watson (183-G) of Zain
Hamed Hadadi (218-C-85) of Saba

All-Imports Team
Gabe Muoneke of Saba
DaJuan Tate of Saba
Eric Chatfield of Rayyan
Herve Lamizana of Wasl
Rah-Shun Roberts of Muharraq

All-Asian Players Team
Fadi El Khatib of Riyadi
Samad Nikkhah of Saba
Daoud Musa of Rayyan
Yaseen Ismail of Rayyan
Hamed Hadadi of Saba

 Asia Champions Cup. Finals - May. 20, 2008 
Championship Game
SABA Battery - Rayyan 82:75

The Iranian powerhouse SABA Battery clinched the second straight Asia Champions Cup title yesterday. They overpowered Qatari Rayyan in the championship game in Kuwait. The game turned into a dramatic contest with the sides keeping it on level terms for the major part of the game. However DaJuan Tate (196-G/F-81, college: Mountain St.) accounted for a couple of key points in the dying minutes to propel the SABA Battery to an impressive success. SABA Battery and Rayyan exchanged the blows early in the encounter with the Iranian outfit grabbing a 16:15 lead at the first intermission. Rayyan relied on solid performance from Eric Chatfield (191-G-79, college: N.Mexico) to regain the control over the game in the second quarter. Rayyans American import came up with 15 points in the frame and Qatari team claimed a 10-point advantage at halftime. The things changed radically in the third stanza and SABA Battery started to claw their way back. DaJuan Tate and Gabe Muoneke (200-F-78, college: Texas) teamed up to ignite a 32:14 rally that put SABA in front 61:53 after three quarters of action. Eric Chatfield came up with a trey to tie it all at 68 late in regulation. DaJuan Tate answered with 7 straight points to carry SABA to safe distance and they ensured the winning outcome at the end. DaJuan Tate scored 30 points to lead all scorers. Gabe Muoneke added 26 points, while Hamed Hadadi (218-C-85, agency: Huss Sport Agency) nailed 18 points for the winners. Eric Chatfield knocked down 29 points to pace Rayyan. Yaseen Ismail (204-F-80) accounted for 15 points and Dalron Johnson (206-F-81, college: UNLV) had 13 in defeat.

SABA Battery: DaJuan Tate 30, Gabe Muoneke 26, Hamed Hadadi 18
Rayyan: Eric Chatfield 29, Yaseen Ismail 15, Dalron Johnson 13

Bronze Medals Game

Wasl - Riyadi 87:82
Al Wasl stepped on the pedestal as they outgunned Riyadi in the Bronze medals final yesterday. The victory marked a historic event for the Emirates basketball as Wasl became the first ever team from the country to grab medals at the Asia Champions Cup. Riyadi meanwhile returned to the event after a 10-year pause and failed to overcome the result that achieved in Kuala Lumpur in 1998 (Bronze medals).
The Lebanese team got to an aggressive start and cleared off to a 29:20 distance at the end of the first frame. However Ivorian import Herve Lamizana (208-F/C-81, college: Rutgers) stepped up for Wasl and paced them back into fight. Wasl trimmed the gap to 3 points at halftime as the tension mounted. The teams traded baskets in what turned out to be a seesaw third frame. Still Wasl found the way to jump in front as they grabbed a 65:63 lead heading into the fourth stanza. The pressure escalated on both sides in the dying moments but Herve Lamizana was superb as he kept it cool and doomed Riyadi in the crunch time. The Ivorian tallied game-high 30 points to propel Wasl to a historic third-place finish. Ibraheem Ahmad contributed 22 points and Rashed Al-Zaabi launched 15 for the winners. Joe Vogel (211-C-73, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Colorado St.) answered with 28 points for Riyadi. Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) came up with 26 points in a losing case. So the 19th Edition of Asia Champions Cup was successfully completed with Wasl suffering the only loss at the tournament and registering an impressive record as for the teams that was widely taken as underdogs before the competition.

Wasl: Herve Lamizana 30+9 boards, Ibraheem Ahmad 22, Rashed Al-Zaabi 15
Riyadi: Joe Vogel 28, Fadi El Khatib 26

 Asia Champions Cup. Semifinals  - May. 19, 2008 
Rayyan - Wasl 81:57
Qatari Rayyan entered the Asia Champions Cup Final yesterday after beating previously undefeated Wasl in the semifinal. The Qatari outfit reached their 5th final in the last 8 editions of the competition. Wasl started the game without their charismatic leader Courtney Fields who was sidelined with a knee injury. It paid off immediately as Rayyan used the dominance in height to full advantage. Wasl managed to stay close in the starting frame due to heroics from Ayoub Albaloushi as they trailed by 2 points after 10 minutes of action. However Rayyan stepped on the gas in the second quarter and Wasl immediately started to lag behind. Qatari outfit ignited a massive 29:9 rally in the second stanza to accumulate a 22-point buffer at halftime. Herve Lamizana (208-F/C-81, college: Rutgers) was obviously out of rhythm on the night and Wasl simple ran out of options to change the complexion of the game. Rayyan notched a 23:13 third frame to pile up an insurmountable 32-point margin before the fourth term. Brian Lester introduced his bench players into action in the final period with the outcome pretty vivid. Wasl used the fact to cut the deficit a bit but it did not matter as Rayyan headed into the tournament finale. Yaseen Ismail (204-F-80) came up with 16 points to lead Rayyan. Dalron Johnson (206-F-81, college: UNLV) scored 15 points, while Saad Abdulrahman Ali (194-F-85) had 10 for the winners. Ayoub Albaloushi answered with game-high 21 points for Wasl. Herve Lamizana knocked down 13 points in a loss.

Rayyan: Yaseen Ismail 16, Dalron Johnson 15, Saad Abdulrahman Ali 10
Wasl: Ayoub Albaloushi 21, Herve Lamizana 13

SABA Battery - Al Riyadi 70:68
The Asia Champions Cup defending champions SABA Battery left ups and downs of the preliminary round behind them and now look ready to claim the second straight title. Yesterday the Iranian outfit snatched a dramatic 70:68 win over Lebanese Riyadi to reach the championship game. Riyadi entered the game undefeated and hoped to stretch their spotless run. But SABA Battery put on a strong performance to steal a narrow win at the dying minutes. Riyadi suffered a major setback early in the encounter as their captain Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) got injured and struggled to return to action in the latter stages. The injury was later rumored to be a season-ending one for Ahmad. Riyadi looked a bit bewildered by the absence of the key player and SABA Battery used to their advantage. The Iranian side ran away to a 42:39 lead at halftime. The spark for Lebanese team came in the third stanza as Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) scored a couple of impressive baskets and Omar Turk provided back up as Al Riyadi spurred ahead to an 8-point distance. SABA Battery trimmed the gap to 3 points heading into the fourth period 51:54. But three back-to-back trebles from Battery put the Iranian squad back on top early in the fourth quarter. SABA Battery kept it cool throughout the fourth frame and entered the crunch time in front. They had a 3-point advantage with seconds left in regulation when Fadi El Khatib was put to charity stripe. He nailed his first attempt and then purposely missed the second one, while Ali Fakhreddine (202-C-83) pulled down a rebound for a chance to force overtime. But his attempt went off target sealing the win for SABA Battery. SABA Battery will now face Qatari Al Rayyan in the Final today.

SABA Battery: Gabe Muoneke 17, Hamed Hadadi 14, Samad Nikkah 13
Riyadi: Fadi El Khatib 20, Joe Vogel 17

 Asia Champions Cup. Quarterfinals - May. 17, 2008 
Rayyan - Muharraq 95:78
Qatari Rayyan cruised past Muharraq of Bahrain to reach the semifinal stage yesterday. The teams had three days of rest after the quarterfinal stage was postponed because of the state mourning in Kuwait. So both sides were ready to fight and come up with their best performances. It turned to be partly true as Rayyan looked impressive down the line and posted an easy win. Qatari team jumped to a lead late in the first frame and drove to a 23:17 advantage after 10 minutes of action. A well-balanced offensive effort from Rayyan allowed Qatari side to stretch the gap to as many as 14 points at halftime. Rayyan did a great defensive job limiting Muharraq leader Donald Little to only 12 points and thus cutting the offensive options for Muharraq. Saad Ali stepped up for Rayyan in the second half as they kept their opponents at bay and rolled to a comfortable victory. The margin reached an 18-point mark after three quarters and Muharraq simply lacked answers for the sizzling performance from Rayyan. The defense eased the pressure in the fourth period as both teams fired from all distances but Rayyan had the game under control and registered a comfortable win at the end. Dalron Johnson (206-F-81, college: UNLV) provided 21 points to lead Rayyan. Saad Ali launched 18 points, while Yassen Musa had 14 in a winning clause. Rah-Shun Roberts (202-F-75, college: California (PA)) replied with 24 points for Muharraq. Mohammed Alderazi scored 24 points in defeat. Rayyan will face Wasl in the semifinal clash tomorrow.

Rayyan: Dalron Johnson 21, Saad Ali 18, Yassen Musa 14, Eric Chatfield 13
Muharraq: Rah-Shun Roberts 24, Mohammed Alderazi 24

Wasl - Zain 84:75
The Emirates Wasl sent a strong message to their opponents their impressive preliminary round record was not a mere coincidence. They stretched their unbeaten run to 5 games handling Zain Club in the quarterfinal yesterday. But the road to yesterdays success was a bumpy one for Wasl. They got to a slow start and Zain Club quickly stepped in front. The Jordanian outfit that many thought was just gaining the speed in the preliminary action seemed to start living up to the expectations. They looked aggressive in defense and pretty accurate on the other side of the court to accumulate a 22:17 lead after the first frame. The things did not change in the second frame as Zain Club kept on forcing their issue with Wasl finding no answers for the onslaught. Zain stretched the lead to as many as 7 points at halftime and the sensation began shaping up. But it was a different Wasl that appeared on the court after the break. Herve Lamizana (208-F/C-81, college: Rutgers) and Courtney Fields (206-F-82, college: Iona) finally shook off their first half sloppiness and Wasl gradually took over. The Emirates outfit first closed the gap and spurred in front 59:58 after three quarters of action. Zain stayed close in the opening minutes of the final period and then regained the lead 70:63 midway through the frame. But Wasl were far from being done. They posted a stunning 21:5 run to cap the game and snatched an outstanding victory at the end. Herve Lamizana and Courtney Fields scored 22 points apiece to pace Wasl. Ayoub Albaloushi provided 13 points for the winners. Boney Watson (183-G, college: Sam Houston St.) had 25 points for Zain. Zeid Abbas (203-C-83) nailed 20 points in a losing effort. Wasl will now face Al Rayyan in the semis.

Wasl: Herve Lamizana 22, Courtney Fields 22, Ayoub Albaloushi 13
Zain: Boney Watson 25, Zeid Abbas 20

SABA Battery - BK Almaty 88:77
The Asia Champions Cup resumed its action after a couple of days of mourning after the death of Emir of Kuwait. Yesterday the quarterfinal games were played and the defending champions SABA Battery claimed their semifinal spot. With the semifinal birth at stake SABA Battery turned on to the maximum speed to dominate right from the start. The Iranian outfit easily jumped to a 25:14 after the opening frame but the game was far from settled. BK Almaty kept a steady line and gradually cut the gap to 4 points at the long break. The Kazakh team stayed competitive throughout the third period as their trademark tough defense proved quite difficult for SABA to deal with. But Samad Nikkah drained a couple of three-pointers and the reigning champions enjoyed a 66:60 lead with a quarter to go. SABA stepped on the gas in the final term and looked more aggressive in the long run. Gabe Muoneke (200-F-78, college: Texas) took over the floor in the dying minutes leading SABA to an impressive victory. He finished with game-high 26 points for the victors. Samad Nikkah produced 24 points, while Hamed Hadadi scored 17 points in a winning case. Vsevolod Fadeykin (206-G-85) answered with 25 points for BK Almaty. Mikhail Yevstigneev netted 24 points in defeat. SABA Battery will take on undefeated Wasl in the semis tomorrow.

SABA Battery: Gabe Muoneke 26, Samad Nikkah 24, Hamed Hadadi 17
BK Almaty: Vsevolod Fadeykin 25, Mikhail Evstigneev 24

Qadsia - Riyadi 80:91
The hosting Qadsia had to leave the Asia Champions Cup early yesterday after they were held off by Riyadi in the quarterfinal. The hosts had somehow unconvincing performance during the preliminary round and finished their Pool just at the 4th spot. Thus they had to face the top-seeded Riyadi in the opening round of the knockout stage. Qadsia threw everything they have to keep competitive in this one. They were supported by a sell-out crowd and looked ready to challenge the Lebanese outfit from the start. The teams traded baskets at the start but the experienced Riyadi squad found the way to enjoy a 22:19 lead after the starting frame. Qadsia remained close throughout the second period with Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) leading the charge for the hosts. Riyadi however did not allow the home team to step in front and completed the first half up by 4 points. The breakthrough for the visitors came early in the third stanza as Omar Turk and Ali Mahmoud converted some fastbreaks and Riyadi jumped to a 66:54 lead. Qadsia ran out of steam in the fourth stanza as they never threatened the advantage seriously allowing Riyadi to coast to an overall victory. Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) provided 28 points to pace the winners. Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) knocked down 24 points, while Omar Turk scored 17 in a win. Alpha Bangura dropped 24 points for Qadsia. Abdul Aziz Mohammad (186-F-87) added 15 points in a losing effort. So now Riyadi will take on the Cup defending champions SABA Battery in the semifinal tomorrow.

Qadsia: Alpha Bangura 24, Abdul Aziz Mohammad 15
Riyadi: Fadi El Khatib 28, Ahmad Ismail 24+12 boards, Omar Turk 17

 Quarterfinals to be played on Friday - May. 15, 2008 
Source: FIBA-Asia

Action in the 19th FIBA Asia Champions Cup, which was deferred owing to the death of the former Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Saad Abdullah al-Sabah, will resume on Friday.

The Technical Committee of the Champions Cup, which met on Wednesday decided to hold the quarterfinals which were originally scheduled for Wednesday on Friday.

The committee also decided to hold the semifinals on Sunday and the final on Monday.

The committee further decided to call off the play-off matches to decide the 5-10 positions.


 Asia Champions Cup. Day 5 - May. 13, 2008 
Zain Club - MUBA Hangtuah 100:59
Jordanian Zain Club finished their preliminary action at the Asia Champions Cup on a high note. They eased past MUBA Hangtuah to reach the quarterfinal stage. In the meantime Indonesian outfit was knocked out of the playoffs and they would play for the 9th spot against ONGC from India. The teams kept it close in the starting frame with Zain Club forcing no issue. Zain however shrugged off their energy-saving style of play in the second period. Wesam Alsoos fueled a 30:10 run from Jordanian team as they rolled to a 24-point lead at the interval. MUBA Hangtuah struggled offensively in the third stanza as well accounting for just 10 points and heading into the fourth frame down by as many as 40 points. The Indonesian team never recovered at the late stages and had to surrender at the end. Wesam Alsoos finished with game-high 24 points for Zain. Enver Soobzokov (193-G/F-78, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) netted 17 points, while Boney Watson provided 16 for the winners. Marquello Morgan came up with 15 points for MABU. Marcus Jacobs (183-G-80, college: Tarleton St.) dropped 14 points in a loss. Zain Club next takes on Al Wasl in the quarterfinal clash. MABU Hangtuah will challenge ONGC from India on Wednesday in the fight for the 9th spot.

Zain: Wesam Alsoos 24, Enver Soobzokov 17, Boney Watson 16
MUBA: Marquello Morgan 15, Marcus Jacobs 14

Al Rayyan - BK Almaty 89:68
The Asia Champions Cup preliminary round has ended with the teams preparing for the quarterfinal battles now. Yesterday the curtain fell with 8 teams figuring out the last placing in the Groups. In Group A Qatari Al Rayyan topples BK Almaty from Kazakhstan to claim the second spot. The trademark defense from BK Almaty did not well quite smoothly right from the start and Al Rayyan easily ran away to a 32:15 distance after the first frame. Eric Chatfield (191-G-79, college: N.Mexico) paced well balanced Al Rayyan offense and the team enjoyed a 24-point cushion before the fourth period. BK Almaty simply could not match their opponents tempo and trailed by unassailable 25 points after three quarters of action. Vsevolod Fadeykin helped Kazakh team cut the deficit a bit in the fourth period but it never influenced the outcome as Al Rayyan posted their 3rd win in the tournament. Eric Chatfield scored 28 points for Qatari team. Daoud Musa (193-G-82) dropped 23 points, while Dalron Johnson had 15 points in a winning case. Mikhail Evstigneev (203-F-84) and Vsevolod Fadeykin nailed 20 points apiece for BK Almaty. BK Almaty will now face the defending champions SABA Battery in the quarterfinal on Wednesday. Al Rayyan will be opposed by Al Muharraq at the stage. Al Rayyan coach Brian Lester stressed the necessity of playing a tougher defense against Al Muharraq in order to celebrate success. Al Rayyan can hope for some big results this season as Eric Chatfield seems to glue well with Dalron Johnson and the duo is a dangerous weapon against any side.

Al Rayyan: Eric Chatfield 28, Daoud Musa 23, Dalron Johnson 15
BK Almaty: Mikhail Evstigneev 20, Vsevolod Fadeykin 20

Al Wasl - Al Qadsia 83:82
The Emirates Al Wasl extended their perfect run to 4 games beating Al Qadsia in the final round of preliminary action at the Asia Champions Cup in Kuwait. Al Wasl won all of their Pool B games and finished atop the ladder. The game turned into a real heated battle though the sides had nothing but pride to lose. Al Wasl jumped into an early lead as they dominated 29:22 the first frame. The Emirates outfit widened the margin to 8 points at halftime and seemed to roll confidently to victory. A tested duo of Courtney Fields (206-F-82, college: Iona) and Herve Lamizana (208-F/C-81, college: Rutgers) had another outstanding night and allowed Al Wasl to maintain an 11-point cushion before the fourth stanza. But Al Qadsia showed their character and struck back in the fourth term. Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) ignited a comeback effort from the hosts as Al Qadsia knotted things up and forced overtime. However it was Al Wasl to come up big in the extra period. Alpha Bangura picked up his fifth foul and then Herve Lamizna sealed the outcome for Al Wasl from free throw line as the Emirates side slipped away with a narrow win. Courtney Fields knocked down 24 points and 12 boards for the winners. Herve Lamizana launched 21 points for Al Wasl. Alpha Bangura produced game-high 25 points and 8 boards for Al Qadsia. Abdullah Al Sarraf (194-F-82) had 23 points in a losing effort. Al Wasl set up a quarterfinal showdown against Zain Club from Jordan on Wednesday. Al Qadsia will take on the tournament favorites Al Riyadi on the same day.

Al Wasl: Courtney Fields 24+12 boards, Herve Lamizana 21
Al Qadsia: Alpha Bangura 25, Abdullah Al Sarraf 23

SABA Battery - Al Muharraq 92:68
SABA Battery forgot sour memories of the preliminary loss to Al Wasl and kept on winning. In the final game in Pool B the Asia Champions Cup defending champions handled Al Muharraq from Bahrain and booked the second spot in the Group. The defeat however still allowed Al Muharraq to reach the quarterfinal stage where they would play against Al Rayyan. SABA Battery jumped to an early dominance as they outscored their opponents 33:17 in the starting frame. The margin was stretched to as many as 30 points at halftime and Iranian team never looked back afterwards. The game was a battle of imports duets as Gabe Muoneke (200-F-78, college: Texas) and DaJuan Tate paced SABA Battery, while Rah-Shun Roberts (202-F-75, college: California (PA)) and Donald Little led the charge for Bahrain team. SABA Battery exploded with 21 points in the third stanza bruising Al Muharraq and leaving them with an insurmountable 37-point deficit before the final period. Al Muharraq cut the gap in the fourth frame but never seriously threatened Iranian side. SABA Battery finalized a confident success at the end and would take on BK Almaty in the quarterfinal clash.
Gabe Muoneke led the action with 22 points for SABA Battery. DaJuan Tate provided 17 points, while Mahdi Kamrani notched 11 points for the winners. Rah-Shun Roberts scored 21 points for Al Muharraq. Donald Little produced 20 points in a losing case. The tournament will take a day pause before enjoying the quarterfinal battles.

SABA Battery: Gabe Muoneke 22, DaJuan Tate 17, Mahdi Kamrani 11
Al Muharraq: Rah-Shun Roberts 21, Donald Little 20

 Asia Champions Cup. Day 4 - May. 12, 2008 
Al Riyadi - Al Rayyan 88:79
Al Riyadi registered their fourth straight victory beating Al Rayyan yesterday. Thus Lebanese powerhouse booked the top spot in Pool A and qualified for the quarterfinal stage. There they will take on Al Qadsia from Kuwait as the hosts have already slated their 4th place finish in Group B. Al Rayyan meanwhile suffered their first loss at the tournament and remained at the second spot just behind Al Riyadi. The teams were well matched in the starting minutes as neither side was able to spur ahead. The things were all tied at 20 after one quarter of action. However Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) fueled Al Riyadi fierce rally in the second quarter as Lebanese team cleared off to a 12-point distance. However Al Rayyan were not taken aback. Eric Chatfield (191-G-79, college: N.Mexico) and Dalron Johnson (206-F-81, college: UNLV) kept on delivering points and the gap was eventually narrowed to 6 points after three quarters. But it was Fadi El Khatib who had the last laugh in this game as he came up with some vital baskets in the fourth term to propel Al Riyadi to a difficult victory at the end. He finished with game-high 27 points to lead Al Riyadi. Ali Mahmoud (182-G-83) launched 23 points, while Ismail Ahmad dropped 21 for the winners. Eric Chatfield provided 23 points for Al Rayyan. Dalron Johnson had 16 points in a losing effort. Al Rayyan will play against BK Almaty in the last preliminary round today.

Al Riyadi: Fadi El Khatib 27, Ali Mahmoud 23, Ismail Ahmad 21
Al Rayyan: Eric Chatfield 23, Dalron Johnson 16

BK Almaty - Zain 76:60
Kazakhstan sensation BK Almaty posted their second win at the Asia Champions Cup yesterday. This time they quite easily handled Zain Club from Jordan to improve to 2-1 record in Group A ladder. Zain meanwhile suffered their third straight defeat and put themselves on the edge of missing the playoffs. They now must beat Muba Hangtuah today to make it to the quarterfinals. BK Almaty started the game playing an aggressive defense while Zain Club looked sloppy at the early stages. BK Almaty jumped to a 24:15 lead after the starting frame and kept mounting the pressure. They held Zain Club to 11 points in the second quarter and stretched the gap to 14 points at halftime. BK Almaty never looked back in the second half and rolled to a confident victory. Vsevolod Fadeykin (206-G-85) topscored with 21 points for BK Almaty. Anton Kataev provided 19 points in a winning case. Mohammad Hadrab nailed 22 points for Zain Club. Mosa Bashir dropped 13 points in a losing effort. Zain Club head coach Maz Trakh did not draw too much attention to the loss. He underlined the importance of the experience gained by his bench players in the game of such level and pointed out that one win would suit his team to reach quarterfinal. Zain play against Indonesian Muba Hangtuah for the last ticket to the playoffs from Pool A. BK Almaty will take on Al Rayyan later tonight.

BK Almaty: Vsevolod Fadeykin 21, Anton Kataev 19
Zain: Mohammad Hadrab 22, Moussa Basheer (208-C-78) 13

SABA Battery - ONGC Dehradoon 130:76
The Asia Champions Cup title holders Iranian SABA Battery is back in the winning track. They entered the tournament as one of the biggest favorites but the status received a major blow on Friday. SABA Battery were surprisingly beaten by Al Wasl and the result had arisen some questions about the Iranian champs form. ONGC from India had the last chance to stay in the title race and they needed a victory. But their hopes went astray in the opening stanza. SABA jumped to an early 35:10 lead and looked too good for ONGC at the moment. The game evened in the second and third stanzas with ONGC keeping a steady offensive income. However Iranian team exploded once again in the fourth period knocking down 38 points and finalizing a massive win. DaJuan Tate (196-G/F-81, college: Mountain St.) came up with 42 points and 6 boards for SABA Battery. Kamran Jamshidvand (187-F-80) scored 26 points and Mahdi Kamrani had 12 for the winners. Desraj (189-F) nailed 23 points for ONGC. Muraleekrishnan dropped 15 points in a losing case. SABA Battery will take on AL Muharraq in the final game of the preliminary round today. ONGC will wait for the result of the final round in Pool A to get to know their opponents in the game for the 9th spot.

SABA Battery: DaJuan Tate 42, Kamran Jamshidvand 26, Mahdi Kamrani 12
ONGC: Desraj 23, Muraleekrishnan 15

Al Wasl - Al Muharraq 116:88
The Emirates Al Wasl extended their winning streak to 3 games toping Al Muharraq yesterday. Both sides entered the game undefeated and hoped to stretch their winning run. The teams traded buckets early on but gradually Al Wasl took over. They used a tough defense to limit Al Muharraq offensive options and keeping them away from the paint. It worked pretty well as Al Wasl accumulated a 31:18 lead after the starting frame. Al Muharraq however stayed contestant in the second period as Donald Little (211-C-78, agency: EM-PA, college: Cincinnati) was on fire for Bahrain side. Al Wasl enjoyed a 12-point advantage at halftime but went on a run right after the break. Courtney Fields (206-F-82, college: Iona) and Herve Lamizana teamed up to ignite a 33:16 rally from the Emirates outfit as Al Wasl cleared off to an insurmountable distance. Al Muharraq never threatened the lead in the fourth period and suffered their first loss at the tournament. Courtney Fields led Al Wasl with 25 points and 12 boards. Herve Lamizana had 19 points and 11 boards in a win. Donald Little answered with game-high 32 points and 10 boards in defeat. Al Wasl will now play against Al Qadsia in the final round of preliminary action. Al Muharraq will try to secure the second spot in the clash with the defending champions SABA Battery. Al Wasl win also meant that Al Qadsia will finish fourth in Pool B.

Al Wasl: Courtney Fields 25+12 boards, Herve Lamizana 19+11 boards, Ibrahim Ahmad 17
Al Muharraq: Donald Little 32+10 boards, Mohammad Mohammad 21

 Asia Champions Cup. Day 3 - May. 11, 2008 
BK Almaty - Muba Hangtuah 71:49
Kazakhstan BK Almaty strengthened their position in preliminary Pool A at the Asia Champions Cup in Kuwait. They overcame Indonesian Muba Hangtuah for the first win at the tournament. It allowed Kazakh team to improve to 1-1 record and stay hopeful about their chances to reach quarterfinal stage. Muba Hangtuah meanwhile slipped to 0-3 record and need pure luck to stay in title race. BK Almaty understood it was a good chance for them to open the victories count for them and they fired from all guns early in the game. It worked pretty smoothly as BK Almaty jumped to a 25:14 lead after the starting frame. But Muba Hangtuah never was an easy take as they struck back in the second frame. Indonesian team trimmed the gap to just 7 points at the long break. But a perfect defensive effort from BK Almaty limited their opponents to only 6 points in the third stanza as the Kazakhstan squad went on a 24:6 run to clear off to a safe distance. Muba Hangtuah recovered in the final frame but it was too late to threaten BK Almaty lead. Anton Kataev (201-F-84) led the action with 19 points for BK Almaty. Vsevolod Fadeykin had 14 points, while Mikhail Evtigneev launched 13 points in a win. Adhitya Tuhagono (178-G-84) answered with 13 points for MubaHang. Marcus Jacobs nailed 12 points in defeat. BK Almaty will face winless Zain Club later tonight. Muba Hangtuah will a have a bye round before taking on Zain Club tomorrow.

BK Almaty: Anton Kataev 19, Vsevolod Fadeykin 14, Mikhail Evtigneev 13
MubaHang: Adhitya Tuhagono 13, Marcus Jacobs 12

Al Muharraq - Al Qadsia 83:69
Bahrain powerhouse Al Muharraq extended their winning streak at the Asia Champions Cup in Kuwait. Yesterday they faced a touch challenge as they took on the hosting Al Qadsia in the third round of action. Al Qadsia looked forward rebounded quickly after the starting loss to SABA Battery to handle Dehadroon in the second round. With emotions flying high Al Qadsia took on Al Muharraq full of optimism. But Bahrain outfit proved they should be taken seriously and left no chance for the home team to improve to 2-0 record in the ladder. The hosts jumped to a quick start as they enjoyed a 22:19 lead after on quarter of action. Al Muharraq struggled to adjust the defense and still trailed 35:37 at halftime. However Ebrahim Alderazi stepped up for the Al Muharraq to ignite a comeback effort in the second half. He led the charge for the visitors as they surged ahead in the third period. Moreover Al Muharraq finally managed to follow John Wojtaks defensive tasks and Al Qadsia started to lag behind. The visitors hit on all cylinders in the fourth period and easily ran away to safe distance at the end. Ebrahim Alderazi provided 20 points to lead Al Muharraq. Donald Little (211-C-78, agency: EM-PA, college: Cincinnati) scored 15 points, while Rah-Shun Roberts and Mohammad Mohammad nailed 13 points apiece for the winners. Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) and Abdul Aziz Mohammad drained 15 points apiece to pace Al Qadsia. Shayee Saeed launched 14 points in a loss. Al Muharraq faces Al Wahl in the showdown in Pool B. Al Qadsia take a bye round today.

Al Muharraq: Ebrahim Alderazi 20, Donald Little 15, Rah-Shun Roberts 13, Mohammad Mohammad 13
Al Qadsia: Alpha Bangura 15, Abdul Aziz Mohammad 15, Shayee Saeed 14

Al Wasl - ONGC 102:72
Al Wasl posted their second win in a row and remained in the leaders mix at the Asia Champions Cup in Kuwait. In the third round of action UAE team took on ONGC Dehradoon from India. The teams
started the tournament with polar results as Al Wasl celebrated an impressive win in the initial game, while ONGC suffered two defeats in a row and slipped at the bottom of the preliminary Pool B. ONG Dehradoon failed to break the deadlock as they were beaten for the third straight time, while it became the second win in a row for Al Wasl. Al Wasl dominated in every component of the game and coasted to a comfortable victory over their India counterparts. Al Wals gained the confidence with a surprising win over the defending champions SABA Battery in the second round and now would be difficult opponent to stop. The Emirates team led by 11 points after the opening stanza and stretched the gap to as many as 13 points at the interval. ONGC fought bravely but could not match the tempo and trailed by 19 points before the fourth period. Ayoub Albalooshi was merely unstoppable and carried Al Wasl to a cruising victory at the end. He finished with game-high 41 points. ONGC were led by Desraj (189-F) and Trideep Rai (190-F-83) with 15 points apiece. Abdul Hamid praised the attitude of his players. He stressed the importance of the win over SABA Battery for his team as they gained confidence for the upcoming games.
ONGC must win in the clash with SABA Battery to stay in the title race. Al Wasl meanwhile will take on Al Muharraq in the leaders battle later tonight.

Al Wasl: Ayoub Albalooshi 41
ONGC: Desraj 15, Trideep Rai 15
Al Riyadi - Zain Club 72:71
Al Riyadi posted their third in a row at the Asia Champions Cup in Kuwait. This time the Lebanese outfit needed some luck to narrowly overcome Zain Club from Jordan. The teams kept it close right from the start with the scoreline tied at 17 after the starting frame. But three-pointers from Omar Turk (186-G-81, college: Dawson Coll.) and steady game from Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) allowed Lebanese side to go up. They grabbed a 43:36 lead at the long break. Boney Watson (183-G, college: Sam Houston St.) and Hiram Fuller (206-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Fresno St.) paced Zain Club but it was not enough to change the course of the game in the third stanza. Al Riyadi maintained the advantage and stretched it to 11 points before the fourth term. But the game was far from over as Zain gradually trimmed the deficit in the fourth period. They trailed by just a single point in the dying seconds and had a chance to save the day after Ahmad Ismail committed a turnover. But Zaid Abas paid back the favour losing the ball and sealing the victory for Al Riyadi. Omar Turk scored 20 points to lead the winners. Ahmad Ismail nailed 17 points and Ali Mahmoud notched 13 points for the Lebanese team. Boney Watson and Hiram Fuller came up with 21 points apiece in a losing effort. Al Riyadi remained at the top of preliminary Group A. They will take on undefeated Al Rayyan in the fourth round. Zain will look for the initial win when they face BK Almaty today.

Al Riyadi: Omar Turk 20, Ahmad Ismail 17, Ali Mahmoud 13
Zain Club: Boney Watson 21, Hiram Fuller 21

 Asia Champions Cup. Day 2 - May. 10, 2008 
Al Rayyan, Qatar -Zain, Jordan 90:85 OT
After triumph in 21st Arab Clubs Championship, Zain could not continue their winning streak and lost the opener of Asia Champions Cup. In a overtime battle Al Rayyan beat Zain 90:85. The team from Jordan controlled the first half, but then failed in the last quarter. Daoud Musa (193-G-82) led the winners with 27 points. Eric Chatfield (191-G-79, college: N.Mexico) nailed 25, while Darlon Johnson scored 14. Zeid Abbas (203-C-83) top-scored for Zain with 25 points. Wesam Alsoos netted 23 and Boney Wilson added 16. Eric Chatfield, with eight assists and 25 points was named the MVP of the game.
Zain took a control of the game after the teams exchanged the lad in the very beginning. The team from Jordan had 18:15 and then increased to 40:33 at the half. Zain posted a 15-0 run towards the close of the second quarter, capitalizing on Rayyans switchover from man to zone defense.
Rayyan hit back with a 10-0 run at the start of the third quarter. It was a fall for Zain that produced only 8 points in the period. Being locked at 75 at the end of the fourth quarter, Rayyan held the edge as Eric Chatfield called the shots in setting up the plays. Al Rayyan wins the game and improves to 2-0 in Group A, while Zain will hope for the next games.

Al Rayyan, Qatar:Daoud Musa 27, Eric Chatfield 25, Darlon Johnson 14
Zain, Jordan:Zeid Abbas 25, Wesam Alsoos 23, Boney Wilson 16

Al Riyadi Beirut, Lebanon -MABU Hangtuah, Indonesia 79:44 26-6, 44-12, 56-21 Al Riyadi Beirut recorded their second win in Group A decimating Indonesias MABU Hangtuah 79:44. Al Riyadi Beirut smashed the opponent in the opening quarter 26:6 and never looked behind. They increased to 44:12 after the first half and had 56:21 entering the last period. El Khatib Fadi led the winners with 21 points, whilst Fakhreddine Ali posted 16. Marquello Morgan was the only one to reach double digits in defeat having 10 points.

Al Riyadi Beirut, Lebanon:El Khatib Fadi 21, Fakhreddine Ali 16
MABU Hangtuah, Indonesia: Marquello Morgan 10

Al Wasl, UAE -Saba Battery, Iran 116:100 2 OT
Al Wasl opened Asia Champions Cup in double-overtime thriller over Saba Battery from Iran. Emirates club was confident in the first three quarters, but then Saba Battery bounced back and tied the game after four quarters. The second overtime was the last for the latter to struggle as Al Wasl won the first game. Courtney Fields (206-F-82, college: Iona) was unstoppable with 37 points. Herve Lamizana (208-F/C-81, college: Rutgers) and Ibrahim Ahmad nailed 21points apiece, while Rashid Al-Zabi netted 18. Samad Nikkah led the way for Iran team with 29 points. Enyinn Mounike produced 28 points in defeat, whilst Mehdi Kamrani (181-G-82, agency: Huss Sport Agency) posted 20.
Al Wasl caught defending champions Saba Battery with their initial onslaught to cause the first upset. Emirates club took the lead from the very beginning and enjoyed 27:19 lead after the opening quarter. Another spurt in the second stanza led to 49:34 when the teams disappeared in the lockers. The lead was still increased for Al Wasl in the third quarter and they saw plus 16 entering the last period. Saba pulled their ranks together and began to fire back in the the fourth quarter, but with Hamed Ehadadi struggling under foul trouble the efforts of Samad Nikkah and Enyinn Mounike, well supported by Mehdi Kamrani failed to seize the initiative.
It was the best game so far in Asia Champions Cup and both teams will for sure deserve a top place.

Al Wasl, UAE:Courtney Fields 37, Herve Lamizana 21, Ibrahim Ahmad 21, Rashid Al-Zabi 18
Saba Battery, Iran: Samad Nikkah 29, Enyinn Mounike 28, Mehdi Kamrani 20

Al Qadsia, Kuwait-ONGC, India 116:35
Al Qadsia beating Oil and Natural Gas Commission from India116:35. The hosts dominated the court from the beginning until the end. It was an easy win after the first loss in the tournament. Abdullah Al Saraf led the winners with 26 points. James Williams posted 16, whilst Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) scored 12. Trideep Rai (190-F-83) ended up with 12 points for Indian team.

Al Qadsia, Kuwait:Abdullah Al Saraf 26, James Williams 16, Alpha Bangura 12
ONGC, India: Trideep Rai 12

 Asia Champions Cup. Day 1 - May. 9, 2008 
Al Rayyan - MABU Hangtuah 92:48
Al Rayyan looked too good for Indonesian MABU Hangtuah in the opening game of the Asia Champions Cup for both sides. They got into preliminary Group A of the 19th edition of the prestigious tournament held this year in Kuwait. The teams looked pretty well matched in the starting frame however Al Rayyan still managed to clear off to a 12-point distance. The things started to brighten up for Qatar side in the second period. American point guard Eric Chatfield (191-G-79, college: N.Mexico) orchestrated Al Rayyan offense well and Qatar team gradually went ahead. Chatfield just returned to the team from Turkey and joined the ranks smoothly. The former Asia Champions Cup title holders ran away to a 23-point distance at halftime and controlled the tempo afterwards. They held MABU Hangtuah to only 4 points in the third stanza and never looked in the final term. Daoud Musa (193-G-82) knocked down 25 points for Al Rayyan to be trumped the games MVP. Eric Chatfield compiled 18 points and 9 assists, while Khalid Abdi scored 12 points for the winners. Hapsak Putra (183-G/F-83) nailed 20 points for MABU Hangtuah in a losing effort.

Al Rayyan: Daoud Musa 25, Eric Chatfield 18+9 assists, Khalid Abdi 12
MABU: Hapsak Putra 20

Al Riyadi - BK Almaty 100:52
Lebanese Al Riyadi got to an impressive start of their Asia Champions Cup campaign in Kuwait. They routed Kazakhstan BK Almaty to gain their first win at the competition. Both teams were assigned into the preliminary Group A together with Zain Club from Jordan, Al Rayyan from Qatar and Indonesian MABU Hangtuah. Lebanese powerhouse opened the game in a high-flying manner doing perfect defensive job limiting their opponents to 7 points. Al Riyadi held to a 21:7 lead after the first frame and stretched the gap to as many as 31 points at halftime. Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) and Joseph Joe Vogel (211-C-73, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Colorado St.) looked too good for Almaty defense at the moment and paced the Beirut outfit to a confident success. BK Almaty never threatened the margin after the long intermission. Moreover Lebanese team piled up an insurmountable 51-point buffer before the fourth team. They eased past hapless BK Almaty in the fourth term to celebrate an impressive victory. Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) scored 21 points and was named the games MVP. Fadi El Khatib provided 17 points and 6 boards for the winners. Anton Kataev (201-F-84) and Vladimir Gellert (202-F-81) answered with 12 points apiece for Kazakhstan team in defeat. Al Riyadi will take on MABU Hangtuah tomorrow. BK Almaty will have a bye round tomorrow.

Al Riyadi: Ahmad Ismail 21, Fadi El Khatib 17
BK Almaty: Anton Kataev 12, Vladimir Gellert 12
Al Qadsia - SABA Battery 60:92
SABA Battery opened the Asia Champions Cup in Kuwait with a confident victory 92:60 over the hosting Al Qadsia. Both teams got into preliminary Group B for the 19th edition of Asia Champion Cup together with Al Muharrak from Bahrain, Al Wasl of UAE, Dehradoon from India. SABA Battery got to a confident start thrashing the local favorites Al Qadsia. The hosts got to an energetic start driven by a loud supportive crowd. They tried to keep it aggressive defensively and were well steered by their American import James Williams. However SABA Batterys defense also adjusted pretty quickly and held Al Qadsia in the box. The Iranian team jumped to a 22:6 lead after the starting frame. The gap kept on growing as Hamed Hadadi (218-C-85, agency: Huss Sport Agency) dominated the paint for SABA. This 217cm centre is one of the most exciting players to watch around Asia at the moment. The Iranian National team leader pulled down rebounds, made steals and distribute the ball well. He finished with 16 points, 10 boards and 5 assists and his impact was well felt throughout the encounter. SABA Battery cleared off to a 22-point distance at halftime. Al Qadsia fought bravely but it was just not enough to surprise the experienced Iranian team. SABA Battery coasted to an overall victory in the second half and posted their first win at the tournament. Nigerian import Enniyin Mounike led all scorers with 21 points for SABA Battery. Samad Nikkah contributed 17 points for the winners. James Williams answered with 17 points for Al Qadsia.

Al Qadsia: James Williams 17
SABA Battery: Gabe Muoneke (200-F-78, college: Texas) 21, Samad Nikkah 17, Hamed Hadadi 16+10 boards
Al Muharraq - Dehradoon 109:58
Bahrain powerhouse Al Muharraq won their opening game at the Asia Champions Cup in Kuwait. They overwhelmed Indias Dehradun in the preliminary Group B of the tournament. Al Muharraq relied mainly on import duo of Donald Little (211-C-78, agency: EM-PA, college: Cincinnati) and Rah-Shun Roberts (202-F-75, college: California (PA)) in their race for the win. The Bahrains outfit went on a 14:0 run and took over the control. They rolled to a 29:8 lead after the starting quarter and kept on mounting the pressure on their counterparts. Al Muharraq built a 36-point advantage at halftime and breezed past their opponents in the second half. Al Muharraq fired 29 points in the third stanza with the outcome pretty vivid as the gap grew to 51 points. The Austrian specialist John Wojtak allowed the reserves to log some more minutes in the final period. Rah-Shun Roberts led all scorers with 23 points for Al Muharraq. Donald Little provided 18 points and 19 boards, while Mohamed Al Thaqafi contributed 12 points for the winning side. Mukkanniyil Anoop (198-C-86) answered with 15 points for Dehradoon. Mukesh Bhandari scored 12 points in a loss. Dehradoon will next take on the hosting Al Qadsia today. Al Muharraq will take on Al Qadsia on Saturday following a bye-round today.

Al Muharraq: Rah-Shun Roberts 23, Donald Little 18+19 boards, Mohamed Al Thaqafi 12
Dehradoon: Mukkanniyil Anoop 15, Mukesh Bhandari 12

 19th Asian Clubs Championship Draw - Apr. 17, 2008 
The 19th edition of the Asian Clubs Championship (Kuwait May 8-16) groups draw were made in Kuwait City in Kuwait, 10 teams from 10 different countries will play in the tournament which will be hosted by Al Qadsia club for the 2nd time after the 17th edition in 2006...

- Group A:
Al Rayyan (QAT)
Zain (JOR)
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (LEB)
BK Almaty Alma-Ata (KAZ)
Satria Muda Britama Jakarta (IND)

- Group B:
Al Qadsia (KUW) - Hosts
Saba Battery (IRI) - Titleholders
Harbour Centre Batang Pier (PH) 'Phillipines National Team'
Al Wasl (UAE)

# First round games:
- 8th of May:
* Group A:
Al Riyadi - Almaty
Al Rayyan - Satria
* Group B:
Al Qadsia - Saba Battery
ONGC - Harbour Centre
- 9th of May:
* Group A:
Zain - Al Rayyan
Satria - Al Riyadi
* Group B:
Al Qadsia - ONGC
Al Wasl - Saba Battery
- 10th of May:
* Group A:
Almaty - Satria
Zain - Al Riyadi
* Group B:
Al Wasl - ONGC
Al Qadsia - Harbour Centre
- 11th of May:
* Group A:
Al Rayyan - Al Riyadi
Zain - Almaty
* Group B:
Saba Battery - ONGC
Al Wasl - Harbour Centre
- 12th of May:
* Group A:
Satria - Zain
Almaty - Al Rayyan
* Group B:
Al Qadsia - Al Wasl
Harbour Centre - Saba Battery

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