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Asian Club Championships 2010 - Men Basketball


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Asian Club Championships Standings
Group A
 1. Al Rayyan 4-0 
 2. Mahram 3-1 
 3. Astana Tigers 2-2 
 4. Smart Gilas 1-3 
 5. Duhok 0-4 
Group B
 1. Al Riyadi 4-0 
 2. ASU 3-1 
 3. Jalaa 2-2 
 4. Al Hilal 1-3 
 5. An Nasr 0-4 
Points Per Game
 1 J.Vroman, Mahram22.9 
 2 D.Johnson, Hilal22.3 
 3 F.Khatib, Riyadi,21.3 
 4 M.Madanly, Jalaa18.9 
 5 R.Slimane, Nasr24.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 1 O.Oyedeji, ASU11.7 
 2 L.Woods, Mahram12.3 
 3 M.Vucicevic, Tigers10.3 
 4 J.Vroman, Mahram10.1 
 5 W.James, ASU9.6 
Assists Per Game
 1 C.Tiu, Tigers6.4 
 2 M.Kamrani, Mahram6.0 
 3 C.Gray, Jalaa5.7 
 4 Y.Musa, Duhoq4.6 
 5 E.Saeed, Duhoq4.4 
Steals Per Game
 1 A.Baroca, Tigers2.6 
 2 M.Kamrani, Mahram6.0 
 3 D.Johnson, Hilal3.6 
Blocks Per Game
 1 J.Bernard, Nasr3.6 
 2 M.Yaqqub, Jalaa2.0 
 3 C.Giles, Riyadi1.9 

Asian Club Championships : Mahram defend their title in Doha (Photo:fibaasia.net)

Mahram defend their title in Doha (Photo:fibaasia.net)



Mahram 2009-10
Mostafa Hashemi Mostafa Hashemi Hashemi
Jackson Vroman
Vroman
Mehrad Atashi
Atashi
Samad Nikkhah
Nikkhah
Aydin Kabir
Kabir
Hamed Afagh
Afagh
# Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT
5  Vroman Jackson 208 (6'10'') C/F 81 USA Lebanon
4  Atashi Mehrad 192 (6'4'') G 86 Iran
14  Nikkhah Samad 199 (6'7'') G/F 83 Iran
9  Kabir Aydin 194 (6'5'') F/G 79 Iran
10  Afagh Hamed 192 (6'4'') G 83 Iran
8  Woods Loren 218 (7'2'') C 78 USA
7  Kamrani Mahdi 181 (5'11'') G 82 Iran
11  Sohrabnejad Hamed 206 (6'9'') C/F 83 Iran
15  Veisi Saman 192 (6'4'') G 82 Iran
13  Dargi Mohammad Reza 215 (7'1'') C 85 Iran
6  Nourafza Kaveh 180 (5'11'') G 86 Iran
12  Esmaeili Mehdi 207 (6'10'') F/C Iran
Head Coach: Mostafa Hashemi
Coach Assistant: Akbar Asbaghi
Coach Assistant: Ali Arezoumandi

Mahram triumph in Doha! - May. 30, 2010 

Final
Al Rayyan - Mahram 73:93
Mahram defended their Asia Champions Cup title. They fired past hosting Al Rayyan in the championship clash in Doha tonight. Samad Nikkhah (199-G/F-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) scored 26 points to lead the Iranian champions to the victory.
Mahram and Al Rayyan looked well matched in the starting stanza. The Iranian team earned a narrow 22:20 lead at the first break. Al Rayyan surged ahead 27:24 early in the second period. But Mahram responded with a 12:0 run as Hamed Afagh (192-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) exploded with a couple of three-pointers. Mahram soon completed a 20:2 run that gave them a confident lead. Mahram finished the first half up by 13 points 46:33. The second half was marked by impressive performance from Samad Nikkhah. He fire 20 points helping Mahram to stay in charge. Mahram made the decisive run in the third quarter. They cleared off to a 27-point distance before the fourth period. Al Rayyan could not find any proper answers for the onslaught from the champions and had to yield at the end.
Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.) delivered 21 points for Mahram. Hamed Afagh knocked down 17 points, while Loren Woods had 15 in the victory. Yasseen Musa (204-F-80) replied with 20 points for Al Rayyan. Tanguy Ngombo (196-F-89, agency: Court Side) and Erfan Ali Saeed (200-F-83) notched 14 points each in the loss.

Al Rayyan: Yasseen Musa 20, Tanguy Ngombo 14, Erfan Ali Saeed 14
Mahram: Samad Nikkhah 26, Jackson Vroman 21, Hamed Afagh 17

3-4 place
Al Riyadi - ASU 82:78 (OT)

Al Riaydi repeated their 2009 Asia Champions Cup result. The Lebanese champions once again clinched the third spot in the final ladder, this time in Doha, Qatar. After losing in the semifinal yesterday Al Riyadi tamed ASU of Jordan in overtime tonight. Fadi El Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) was unstoppable for Al Riyadi as he notched 36 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
The Lebanese team surged ahead right from the start. They stayed in charge in the opening frame and piled up a 19:6 advantage at the first break. Al Riyadi maintained the lead for some time in the second stanza but ASU gradually recovered. The Jordanian champions capped the first half on a 16:6 rally to cut the deficit at three-point mark 31:34. Al Riyadi bounced back in the third stanza. They restored a safe cushion but not for long though. ASU once again finished the period strongly and trailed by only 3 points heading into the fourth quarter 51:54. The teams exchanged baskets throughout intense final period. The end of regulation saw 71:71 tie on the scoreboard. The game entered overtime where Al Riaydi sealed the winning outcome. Fadi El Khatib stayed on fire and brought Al Riyadi to the victory in the consolation final.
Nate Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) had 12 points and 8 rebounds for Al Riyadi. Omar El Turk (188-G-81, college: Dawson Coll.) added 11 points for the winning team. Zaid Abbaas (203-F-83) responded with 15 points for ASU. James Williams (204-F-79, college: Brown Mackie) tallied 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss.

Al Riyadi: Fadi El Khatib 36, Nate Johnson 12, Omar El Turk 11
ASU: Zaid Abbaas 15, James Williams 14

5-6 place
Astana Tigers - Al Jalaa 75:68
Astana Tigers clinched the fifth spot at the Asia Champions Cup in Qatar. The Kazakh champions held off Al Jalaa of Syria in the final game at the tournament. The victory marked the best ever result for the Tigers. In 2007 the Tigers occupied the sixth place. Dmitriy Gavrilov (205-F-86) knocked down 15 points to lead the charge.
Al Jalaa looked slightly better at the early stages of the game. The Syrian team recorded a 21:18 advantage at the first break. Al Jalaa did not allow Astana to change things in the second frame. The teams stayed close but Al Jalaa still led by one point 36:35 at the interval. Astana finally managed to surged ahead in the third quarter. The Kazakh side pulled in front and clinched a 55:53 advantage heading into the fourth frame. The Tigers managed to establish a reliable buffer in the final minutes and withheld Al Jalaa rescue attempts to celebrate victory. Anton Ponomarev (209-C/F-88, agency: Court Side) nailed 13 points for Astana. Aleksandr Tiutiunik (199-F-90) added 12 points for the winners. Michel Maadanli (196-G-81) provided 15 points in the loss. Sharif El Sharif (188-G-78) accounted for 11 points for Al Jalaa.

Astana Tigers: Dmitriy Gavrilov 15, Anton Ponomarev 13, Aleksandr Tiutiunik 12
Al Jalaa: Michel Maadanli 15, Sharif El Sharif 11

7-8 place
Smart Gilas - Al Hilal 100:95 (OT)

Smart Gilas finished their Asia Champions Cup on a high note. The Filipino team celebrated the victory in the exciting overtime drama against Al Hilal to claim the seventh overall position. Mark Barroca (198-F/C-88) knocked down 24 points to pace Smart Gilas in this one.
Al Hilal started the game in a commanding manner. The Saudi Arabia side led throughout the opening quarter and finished it ahead by 6 points 20:14. DerMarr Johnson (206-G-80, college: Cincinnati) helped Al Hilal to accumulate an 8-point lead midway through the second period. But Smart Gilas did not allow their opponents to run away. The Filipino team managed to stay within 6 points at halftime 41:47. Smat Gilas tipped off the second half with a 9:1 run to surge ahead. The teams then traded baskets for some time and Al Hilal led by just one point 66:65 at the third break. Neither side was able to dominate in the fourth stanza. It all came down to the final seconds of regulation. Mark Barroca gave Smart Gilas an 85:82 lead with 40 seconds remaining. However Hani Almohammed and DerMarr Johnson leveled things up at 86 at the end of regulation. Mark Barroca and Chris Tiu (178-G-85) quickly pulled Smart Gilas ahead 92:86 in overtime. DerMarr Johnson dragged Al Hilal within one point 95:96 but Chris Tiu and Lutz sealed the winning outcome for Smart Gilas from the stripe.
Chris Tiu finished with 18 points and 6 assists for Smart Gilas. Aldrech Ramos (198-C/F-88) had 14 points in the win. DerMarr Johnson tallied impressive 37 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals for Al Hilal. Brandon Crump (208-C-82, college: Tennessee) accounted for 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in the loss.

Smart Gilas: Mark Barroca 24, Chris Tiu 18, Aldrech Ramos 14
Al Hilal: DerMarr Johnson 37, Brandon Crump 25+10 boards


Al Rayyan and Mahram to clash in the Final - May. 29, 2010 

Semifinals
Al Rayyan - ASU 82:62
Al Rayyan celebrated a confident win in the first semifinal at the Asia Champions Cup. The hosts entertained the fans in Doha as they rolled past ASU of Jordan. Erfan Ali Saeed (200-F-83) and Omer Abgader Salem (205-C-83) knocked down 15 points apiece to lead Al Rayyan.
Al Rayyan and ASU stayed close throughout the opening frame. The Qatari champions posted a narrow 18:16 advantage at the first break. Both teams stressed defense in the second period. Al Rayyan were more successful as they recorded a 36:30 advantage at the interval. The third period was marked by an overwhelming dominance of the home side. Al Rayyan limited their opponents to just 9 points and finished the frame up by as many as 18 points 57:39. The Qatari team looked solid in the fourth quarter and easily sealed the winning outcome at the end.
Tanguy Ngombo (196-F-89, agency: Court Side) delivered 14 points for Al Rayyan. Cory Bradford netted 13 points in the victory. James Williams (204-F-79, college: Brown Mackie) responded with 17 points for ASU. Zaid Abbaas (203-F-83) had 13 points in the losing effort.

Al Rayyan: Erfan Ali Saeed 17, Omer Abgader Salem 17, Tanguy Ngombo 14
ASU: James Williams 17, Zaid Abbaas 13

Mahram - Al Riyadi 71:64
Mahram put on a clinical defensive show to secure the victory at the Asia Champions Cup semifinal. The defending champions prevailed against Al Riyadi of Lebanon to face hosting Al Rayyan in the title decider. Al Riaydi will take on ASU in the consolation final.
Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.) was pivotal in the opening frame. Mahram centre scored 8 points to help them accumulate a 17:13 lead at the break. Mahram kept on mounting the pressure in the second frame. They held Al Riyadi to just 8 points in the second period and built a 32:21 lead at the intermission. Mahram kept the Lebanese champions at safe distance throughout the third quarter. The margin grew at 19 points heading into the fourth stanza. Al Riyadi managed to cut the distance as they unleashed an 8:0 run early in the fourth term. But Mahram quickly stopped the bleeding and raced to the victory at the end.
Samad Nikkhah (199-G/F-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) nailed 27 points to lead Mahram. Jackson Vroman added 18 points, while Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) notched 15 points in the winning case. Fadi El Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) responded with 20 points for Al Riyadi. Nate Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) netted 16 points in the loss.

Mahram: Samad Nikkhah 27, Jackson Vroman 18, Loren Woods 15
Al Riyadi: Fadi El Khatib 20, Nate Johnson 16

5-8 place
Astana Tigers - Al Hilal 64:50

Astana Tigers claimed the third win at the Asia Champions Cup. They held off Al Hilal in Doha today. The Kazakh champions will now face the winner of Smart Gilas vs. Al Jalaa for the fifth overall position at the tournament. Astana will try to beat their 2007 result when the Tigers finished in the sixth position. Anton Ponomarev (209-C/F-88, agency: Court Side) scored 14 points to lead the Kazakh team to the victory today.
The Tigers stayed in charge in the starting frame. They posted a 22:16 lead at the first break. Astana did not allow the Saudi Arabia team to get any closer in the second frame and finished the half ahead by 7 points 38:31. Astana maintained the advantage in the third period. Astana headed into the fourth frame up by 8 points 48:40. Al Hilal could not change things around in the fourth period and had to yield at the end.
Dmitriy Gavrilov (205-F-86) notched 11 points in the winning case. DerMarr Johnson (206-G-80, college: Cincinnati) answered with 23 points for Al Hilal. Mohammad Al Saqr (178-G-85) netted 12 points in the loss.

Astana Tigers: Anton Ponomarev 14, Dmitriy Gavrilov 11
Al Hilal: DerMarr Johnson 23, Mohammad Al Saqr 12

Smart Gilas - Al Jalaa 81:83
Sharif El Sharif hit a buzzer-beater to allow Al Jalaa celebrate a narrow victory over Smart Gilas in the classification round of Asia Champions Cup. The Syrian champions will now face the Kazakh counterparts Astana Tigers in the battle for the 5th spot. Smart Gilas will aim at finishing seventh when they take on Al Hilal tomorrow. Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Providence) knocked down 23 points to pace Al Jalaa to the victory.
The game did not look so bright for Al Jalaa at the early stages. Smart Gilas dominated the first half. The Filipino champions recorded a 21:14 buffer at the first break. They never slowed down in the second stanza. The gap grew at 11-point distance at halftime. But gradually Al Jalaa found the right rhythm. They narrowed the gap at just 2-point mark with ten minutes to go. Al Jalaa denied the deficit in the fourth period and the teams stayed close setting up mouth-watering final minutes. The scoreboard read 81 apiece when Dylan Ababou missed his jumper. Garnett Thompson came up with the rebound and found Sharif El Sharif who unleashed his shot right on the money bringing the victory for Al Jalaa.
Michel Maadanli (196-G-81) finished with 17 points for Al Jalaa. Chris Tiu (178-G-85) responded with 17 points for Smart Gilas. Mac Baracael (193-F/G-85) had 15 points in the loss.

Smart Gilas: Garnett Thompson 23, Michel Maadanli 17
Al Jalaa: Chris Tiu 17, Mac Baracael 15


Al Rayyan, Mahram, ASU and Al Riyadi enter semifinals - May. 28, 2010 

Quarterfinals

Al Riyadi - Smart Gilas 74:63
Al Riyadi sealed the semifinal appearance at the Asia Champions Cup in Doha. The Lebanese team overcame Smart Gilas in the quarterfinal tonight. Fadi El Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) knocked down 24 points to lead the effort. Al Riyadi managed to bounce back after a slow start and marched to the victory after the main break.
Smart Gilas put on a clinical defensive performance in the starting frame. They limited Al Riyadi to just 9 points and earned a 10:9 lead at the first break. The second term saw an intense battle. Neither side could surge ahead and the teams were knotted up at 34 after twenty minutes of action. Al Riyadi finally managed to take over after the long break. They fired to a 9-point advantage at the final intermission. Fadi El Khatib stepped up with 12 points in the fourth stanza helping Al Riyadi to the victory.
Rony Fahed (182-G-81, agency: Pro Management Agency) and Nate Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) knocked down 15 points apiece in the victory. Milan Vucicevic (206-F/C-85) responded with 22 points for Smart Gilas. Mark Barroca (198-F/C-88) had 15 points in the loss.

Al Riyadi: Fadi El Khatib 24, Rony Fahed 15, Nate Johnson 15
Smart Gilas: Milan Vucicevic 22, Mark Barroca 15

Al Rayyan - Al Hilal 97:59
Al Rayyan had no problems against Al Hilal at the quarterfinal stage of Asia Champions Cup. The hosts stunned their Saudi Arabia opponents and would now face ASU of Jordan in the semis tomorrow. Al Hilal will face Astana Tigers in the classification round.
Al Rayyan did not give a single chance for the visitors. The Qatari champions exploded with 29 points in the opening frame taking a 15-point lead. The margin stayed in the second stanza. Al Rayyan arrived at the main break up by 13 points 46:33. Al Rayyan did not slow down in the third period. They established a comfortable 76:46 cushion heading into the fourth quarter. Al Hilal could not recover as Al Rayyan coasted to the win in the fourth stanza. Yasseen Musa (204-F-80) delivered 18 points for the winners. Tanguy Ngombo (196-F-89, agency: Court Side) added 16 points for the home side. Brandon Crump (208-C-82, college: Tennessee) responded with 14 points for Al Hilal. DerMarr Johnson (206-G-80, college: Cincinnati) canned 13 points in the loss.

Al Rayyan: Yasseen Musa 18, Tanguy Ngombo 16, Cory Bradford (191-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) 12
Al Hilal: Brandon Crump 14, DerMarr Johnson 13

ASU - Astana Tigers 74:59
Applied Science University of Jordan became the first semifinalists at the Asia Champions Cup in Qatar. They shot down Astana in the opening quarterfinal battle in Doha. Olumide Oyedeji (208-C/F-81) came up with 19 points and 11 rebounds to pace ASU. The Jordanian team will now take on the winner of Al Rayyan vs. Al Hilal clash.
The teams stayed close in the starting frame. The Tigers managed to eke out a narrow 15:13 lead at the first break. But ASU opened the second frame with seven points in a row and surged ahead. They rolled to a 30:27 advantage at the interval. Astana tried to stay within striking distance throughout the third quarter. However ASU went on a 16:3 run late in the period to establish a comfortable 54:38 advantage. ASU stretched the gap at 20-point mark in the fourth stanza and never looked back en route to the victory.
Wesam Al-Sous (183-G-83) nailed 15 points for ASU. Zaid Abbaas (203-F-83) and James Williams provided 14 points each in the win. Aleksandr Tiutiunik (199-F-90) accounted for 16 points for the Tigers. Anton Ponomarev (209-C/F-88, agency: Court Side) netted 10 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished out 4 assists in the loss.

ASU: Olumide Oyedeji 19+11 boards, Wesam Al-Sous 15, Zaid Abbaas 14, James Williams 14
Astana Tigers: Aleksandr Tiutiunik 16, Anton Ponomarev 10

Mahram - Al Jalaa 88:60
The Asia Champions Cup defending champions Mahram reached the semifinal stage at this years edition of the tournament. The Iranian champions toppled Al Jalaa of Syria to move into the next stage. Samad Nikkhah (199-G/F-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) fired 21 points to pace Mahram.
Jalaa well-matched the tournaments favorites in the first frame. The Syrian team stayed close and finished the starting stanza down by just two points 21:23. But Mahram speeded the game up in the second stanza. They cleared off to take a 44:34 lead at the interval. Mahram continued to stay in charge after the big break. The Iranian outfit raced to a 20-point advantage with ten minutes remaining. Al Jalaa were not able to recover in the final stanza. Mahram cruised to the victory and would take on either Al Riyadi or Smart Gilas at the semifinal stage.
Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.) knocked down 17 points for Mahram. Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) delivered 12 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Chudney Gray (188-G-78, college: St.John's) answered with 16 points for Al Jalaa. Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Providence) finished with 11 points in the losing effort.

Mahram: Samad Nikkhah 21, Jackson Vroman 17, Loren Woods 12+11 boards
Al Jalaa: Chudney Gray 18, Garnett Thompson 11



Preliminary Round. Day 5 - May. 26, 2010 

Group A
Al Rayyan - Mahram 78:72
Tanguy Ngombo (196-F-89, agency: Court Side) scored 24 points to help Al Rayyan remained undefeated at the Asia Champions Cup. The Qatari champions defeated previously unbeaten Mahram to clinch the top spot in Group A. Al Rayyan will now take on Al Hilal at the quarterfinal stage. Mahram occupied the second spot in the pool and would face Al Jalaa of Syria.
The teams traded baskets for some time in the opening frame before Al Rayyan stepped in front. They earned an 18:14 lead at the first break. The hosts stayed in charge in the second period. They arrived at halftime up by three points 33:30. Mahram however managed to deny the deficit in the third stanza. Led by Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.) the defending champions pulled ahead for a 56:54 advantage with ten minutes remaining. But Erfan Ali Saeed (200-F-83) organized a decisive 15:2 run from Al Rayyan early in the fourth term as the home side ran away for good in this one. Cory Bradford (191-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) delivered 17 points for the winners. Yasseen Musa (204-F-80) knocked down 10 points for Al Rayyan. Jackson Vroman answered with 21 points for Mahram. Samad Nikkhah (199-G/F-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) finished with 19 points in the loss.

Al Rayyan: Tanguy Ngombo 24, Cory Bradford 17, Erfan Ali Saeed 10, Yasseen Musa 10
Mahram: Jackson Vroman 21, Samad Nikkhah 19

Smart Gilas - Duhok 76:74
Smart Gilas celebrated the first win at the Asia Champions Cup in Doha. They nipped Duhok in the final round of preliminary action to seal the final ticket to the quarterfinals. Milan Vucicevic knocked down a late bucket to propel the Filipino team to the decisive victory. Mac Baracael (193-F/G-85) knocked down 22 points to pace Smart Gilas.
Duhok used an 8:0 run early in the game to surge ahead. The Iraqi team raced to a 22:18 advantage at the first intermission. Smart Gilas bounced back in the second frame. They denied the deficit and accumulated a 36:34 lead at halftime. Duhok retained the lead in the third frame as the seesaw action continued. The lead changed hands throughout the fourth term. Calvin Cage (183-G-84, college: Buffalo) drew things level at 74 with six seconds to go in regulation. Milan Vucicevic managed to unleash the decisive shot that propelled Smart Gilas into the next round.
Mark Barroca (198-F/C-88) provided 15 points for the winners. Chris Tiu (178-G-85) netted 12 points for Smart Gilas. Calvin Cage responded with game-high 34 points for Duhok. Priest Lauderdale (221-C-73, college: Central State) accounted for 17 points in the loss.

Smart Gilas: Mac Baracael 22, Mark Barroca 15, Chris Tiu 12
Duhok: Calvin Cage 34, Priest Lauderdale 17

Group B
Al Riyadi - Al Nasr 92:83

Al Riyadi remained undefeated at the Asia Champions Cup in Qatar. Rony Fahed (182-G-81, agency: Pro Management Agency) fired 29 points to lead the Lebanese champions. Al Riyadi will wait for the outcome of Duhok vs. Smart Gilas clash to get to know their quarterfinal opponents. Al Nasr lost the fourth straight game at the tournament and were kept away from the playoffs.
Al Nasr capitalized on some sloppiness from Al Riyadi early in the game. The UAE champions raced to a 23:22 lead ten minutes into the game. But Al Riyadi gradually took over and built a 51:46 advantage at halftime. Al Riyadi maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. The Lebanese champions entered the fourth stanza up by four points 70:66. Al Riyadi completely dominated the fourth term. They easily cleared off to race to the comfortable win at the end. Omar El Turk (188-G-81, college: Dawson Coll.) and Nate Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) delivered 14 points each in the victory. Radhouane Slimane (205-C-80) responded with game-high 32 points for Al Nasr. Vincent Jones (210-C-77, college: Jackson St.) had 21 points in the losing effort.

Al Riyadi: Rony Fahed 29, Omar El Turk 14, Nate Johnson 14
Al Nasr: Radhouane Slimane 32, Vincent Jones 21

ASU - Al Hilal 96:63
ASU of Jordan earned the third win at the Asia Champions Cup in Doha. They finished the preliminary round action with a confident win over Al Hilal. James Williams (204-F-79, college: Brown Mackie) knocked down 21 points to lead ASU. The Jordanian champions will now take on Astana Tigers at the quarterfinal series. Al Hilal slipped at 1-3 record but still booked the spot in the playoffs.
ASU surged ahead in the opening frame. They piled up a 27:21 advantage at the first break. ASU maintained the lead throughout the second stanza. The scoreboard read 53:43 for ASU at halftime. ASU did not loosen the grip after the major break. Frederick Oniga team rolled to a 13-point advantage into the fourth quarter. Al Hilal accounted for just 6 points in the final stanza and surrendered at the end.
Nidal Shareef (190-G-82) notched 15 points for ASU. Wesam Al-Sous (183-G-83) netted 14 points in the winning effort. DerMarr Johnson (206-G-80, college: Cincinnati) responded with 27 points for Al Hilal. Brandon Crump (208-C-82, college: Tennessee) had 12 points in the loss.



ASU: James Williams 21, Nidal Shareef 15, Wesam Al-Sous 14
Al Hilal: DerMarr Johnson 27, Brandon Crump 12


Preliminary Round. Day 4 - May. 25, 2010 

Group A
Mahram - Smart Gilas 86:72
The Asia Champions Cup defending champions Mahram earned the third straight win at the tournament. Today Mahram knocked down Smart Gilas to remain on top of preliminary Group A. Mahram will now take on Al Rayyan of Qatar for the top spot in the pool. Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.) nailed 28 points to lead the charge. Smart Gilas slipped at 0-3 record after the defeat.
Mahram raced to a 23:16 lead at the first break. Smart Gilas did not allow Mahram to clear off in the second period. The Filipino team stayed close and trailed by just 5 points at halftime break. Mahram gradually took over and spurred in front in the third stanza. The Iranian champs accumulated an 8-point advantage heading into the fourth stanza. Mahram stayed alert in the final period and sealed the victory in the final minutes. Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) nailed 20 points for Mahram. Hamed Afagh (192-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) contributed 16 points in the winning case. Mark Barroca (198-F/C-88) answered with 13 points for Smart Gilas. Mac Baracael (193-F/G-85) netted 11 points in the loss.

Mahram: Jackson Vroman 28, Loren Woods 20, Hamed Afagh 16
Smart Gilas: Mark Barroca 13, Mac Baracael 11

Al Rayyan - Astana Tigers 86:65
Al Rayyan entertained the home crowd with the third straight win at the Asia Champions Cup in Doha. The Qatari champions fired past Astana to claim 3-0 record on top of Group A. The Tigers in the meantime fell at 2-2. Erfan Ali Saeed (200-F-83) knocked down 18 points to lead the winners.
Al Rayyan quickly ran away at the start of the game. They gradually piled up a 9-point lead at the first break. The margin kept on growing throughout the second frame. Al Rayyan established a comfortable 19-point advantage at the interval. The Tigers could not change the complexion of the game in the third stanza. The hosts maintained the pressure and drove to a 24-point lead with one quarter remaining. Al Rayyan did not loosen the grip in the fourth stanza and rolled to another victory at the end. Michael Fey (213-F/C-83, college: UCLA) finished with 14 points. Cory Bradford (191-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) accounted for 13 points in the winning effort. Aleksandr Tiutiunik (199-F-90) responded with 16 points for the Tigers.

Group B
Al Riyadi - ASU 73:72

Al Riyadi earned the third straight win at the Asia Champions Cup. The Lebanese champions toppled ASU in a thrilling contest to remain on top of preliminary Group B. The Jordanian champions suffered the initial loss at the tournament and fell at 2-1 record.
The teams traded baskets early in the game before Al Riyadi accounted for 7 straight points and pulled ahead 18:11. They finished the opening stanza up by 6 points 18:12. Omar El Turk fired a triple to give Al Riyadi an 11-point advantage midway through the second stanza. ASU however did not allow their opponents to drive away. The Jordanian outfit narrowed the gap to trail by just 6 points at halftime 35:41. ASU got within one but Fadi El Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) helped Al Riyadi to restore a comfortable advantage. ASU stayed contestant till the final seconds. Zaid Abbaas put ASU within 3 points with seven seconds to go. Wesam Al-Sous hit a buzzer-beating jumper but it was not enough to send the game into overtime.
Fadi El Khatib produced 23 points to pace Al Riyadi. Nate Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) accounted for 21 points in the winning case. James Williams (204-F-79, college: Brown Mackie) answered with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists for ASU. Olumide Oyedeji (208-C/F-81) had 16 points and 10 caroms in the loss.

Al Riyadi: Fadi El Khatib 23, Nate Johnson 21, Chester Jarell Giles (211-F/C-85, college: Oregon St.) 17
ASU: James Williams 25+12 boards, Olumide Oyedeji 16+10 boards

Al Jalaa - Al Nasr 95:85
Al Jalaa recorded their second win at the Asia Champions Cup in Doha. They outscored Al Nasr to improve at 2-2 record in preliminary round Group B. Al Nasr lost their third straight and remained at the bottom of the ladder. Michel Maadanli (196-G-81) knocked down 26 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and issued 5 assists to lead the Syrian champions.
Michel Maadanli put Al Jalaa in front early in the encounter and the Syrian outfit maintained the advantage throughout the starting frame. They ensured a 24:20 lead at the first break. However Al Nasr bounced back in the second period. Vincent Jones put Al Nasr in charge and the teams stayed close throughout the reminder of the first half. Al Jalaa managed to secure a narrow 44:42 lead at the interval. Al Jalaa used an 8:0 run late in the third stanza to clear off 61:54. Radhouane Slimane (205-C-80) dragged Al Nasr within four points midway through the fourth term. Saleh Sultan cut the distance to minimum before Al Jalaa accounted for some important baskets and ran away for good in this one.
Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Providence) netted 17 points for the winners. Chudney Gray (188-G-78, college: St.John's) had 13 points and 8 assists for Al Jalaa. Saleh Sultan and Radhouane Slimane answered with 23 points apiece for Al Nasr.

Al Jalaa: Michel Maadanli 26+11 boards, Garnett Thompson 17, Chudney Gray 13
Al Nasr: Saleh Sultan 23, Radhouane Slimane 23


Preliminary Round. Day 3 - May. 24, 2010 

Group A
Smart Gilas - Astana Tigers 71:77 (OT)
Astana posted the second win at the Asia Champions Cup in Doha. The Tigers held off the Filipino champs Smart Gilas to improve at 2-1 record on top of preliminary Pool A. Smart Gilas suffered the second consecutive defeat at the tournament. Dmitriy Gavrilov (205-F-86) unloaded 26 points for the winning team.
The Tigers got to the better start. They earned a 20:14 lead at the end of the opening frame. Astana stayed in front in the second period. They established a 6-point advantage at the interval 36:30. Smart Gilas struggled to change the complexion of the encounter after the main break. Astana rallied to a 51:44 lead heading into the fourth stanza. But Smart Gilas were able to rescue the game in regulation. Aldrech Ramos drained a late triple to send game into overtime. However Dmitriy Gavrilov took over in the extra frame. He knocked down 8 points and sealed the victory for the Kazakh side.
Anton Ponomarev (209-C/F-88, agency: Court Side) finished with 17 points in the victory. Chris Tiu (178-G-85) delivered 17 points for Smart Gilas. Mark Barroca (198-F/C-88) added 14 points in the loss.

Smart Gilas: Dmitriy Gavrilov 26, Anton Ponomarev 17
Astana Tigers: Chris Tiu 17, Mark Barroca 14

Mahram - Duhok 109:68
Mahram opened their Asia Champions Cup title defence with the second straight victory. They coasted past Duhok in Group A. Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.) unleashed 36 points to pace the effort. Duhok suffered their third consecutive loss at the start of the tournament.
The teams stayed close throughout the starting frame. Duhok matched their opponents and trailed by just three points 21:24 at the first break. But the Iranian champions fired off a 14:0 run early in the second term to run away. Mahram rallied to a comfortable 62:35 lead at the interval. The defending champions controlled the pace in the third stanza and finished it ahead by as many as 43 points 91:48. Mahram breezed to the victory in the fourth stanza.
Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) and Hamed Afagh (192-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) nailed 13 points each in the win. Calvin Cage (183-G-84, college: Buffalo) replied with 21 points for Duhok. Mohammed Mahdi delivered 17 points in the loss. Mahram will next take on Smart Gilas of Philippine. Duhok will face Smart Gilas on Wednesday.

Mahram: Jackson Vroman 36, Loren Woods 13, Hamed Afagh 13
Duhok: Calvin Cage 21, Mohammed Mahdi 17

Group B
ASU - Al Jalaa 78:64
ASU registered the second consecutive win at the Asia Champions Cup in Qatar. The victory allowed ASU to stay on top of preliminary Group B. Al Jalaa on the other hand slipped at 1-2 record. James Williams (204-F-79, college: Brown Mackie) dropped 19 points to pace the Jordanian champions.
The first term saw a low-scoring affair. The teams combined for 21 points in the period as ASU grabbed a 13:8 lead. The Jordanian side maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. ASU piled up a 12-point advantage at the interval. However Al Jalaa went on a 14:6 run in the third frame to cut the distance at only 4 points. Wesam Al-Sous (183-G-83) notched a pair of timely triples to put ASU beyond reach. The Jordanian champions maintained the margin in the reminder of the contest and celebrated a comfortable win at the end. Wesam Al-Sous nailed 18 points for ASU. Olumide Oyedeji (208-C/F-81) added 16 points in the victory. Marcelle Yaqqub responded with 23 points for Al Jalaa. Chudney Gray (188-G-78, college: St.John's) accounted for 16 points in the loss.

ASU: James Williams 19, Wesam Al-Sous 18, Olumide Oyedeji 16
Al Jalaa: Marcelle Yaqqub 23, Chudney Gray 16

Al Riyadi - Al Hilal 83:77
Al Riyadi earned the second consecutive win at the Asia Champions Cup in Qatar. The Lebanon team prevailed against their Saudi Arabia counterparts Al Hilal tonight to remain on top of preliminary Group B. Al Hilal in the meantime slipped at 1-2 record. Fadi El Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) scored 19 points to pace Al Riyadi.
The first quarter saw a tough battle. Al Riyadi eked out a narrow 25:23 advantage at the first term. Fadi Al Khatib fired 17 points in the first half and that was him who made difference. Al Riyadi took over in the second stanza and rallied to a 49:36 lead at halftime. The Lebanese champions raised the tempo even higher in the third term and established a comfortable 22-point lead before the final frame. Al Hilal showed character in the fourth quarter as they went on a 14:2 run to cut the deficit. But Al Riyadi stayed confident and sealed the win at the end.
Ali Mahmoud (182-G-83) notched 16 points for Al Riyadi. Nate Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) added 12 points in the winning effort. DerMarr Johnson (206-G-80, college: Cincinnati) answered with 25 points for Al Hilal. Brandon Crump (208-C-82, college: Tennessee) netted 12 points in the loss.

Al Riyadi: Fadi El Khatib 19, Ali Mahmoud 16, Nate Johnson 12
Al Hilal: DerMarr Johnson 25, Brandon Crump 12


Preliminary Round. Day 2 - May. 23, 2010 

Group A
Astana Tigers - Duhok 75:68
Astana Tigers opened win count at the Asia Champions Cup in Doha. They shot down Iraqi Duhok in the second round of action in Group A. The Tigers thus improved at 1-1 record dropping Duhok at 0-2. Anton Ponomarev (209-C/F-88, agency: Court Side) scored 23 points to lead the Kazakhstan champs.
Near perfect defence helped Astana took over in the opening frame. The Tigers held their opponents to just 10 points in the first ten minutes and grabbed a 9-point lead. Astana maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. They extended the gap to 12-point mark at the interval. The tempo increased in the third stanza. The teams traded baskets eagerly however Duhok could not get any closer. Astana entered the fourth frame ahead by 12 points. Duhok finally managed to show some defensive aggressiveness in the fourth term but it was too late to rescue the game. Maxim Voyeikov (197-F-88) and Rustam Yargaliyew (195-F/G-86) canned 12 points each for the winning side. Priest Lauderdale (221-C-73, college: Central State) responded with 19 points for Duhok. Calvin Cage (183-G-84, college: Buffalo) finished with 17 points in the loss.

Astana Tigers: Anton Ponomarev 23, Maxim Voyeikov 12, Rustam Yargaliyew 12
Duhok: Priest Lauderdale 19, Calvin Cage 17

Al Rayyan - Smart Gilas 86:58
Al Rayyan overcame a slow start to tame Smart Gilas at the Asia Champions Cup today. The Qatari champions improved at 2-0 record in preliminary Group A after the win. Smart Gilas in the meantime fell at 0-1. Erfan Ali Saeed (200-F-83) scored 19 points to lead the effort.
Smart Gilas entered the game enthusiastically. They fired 24 points in the opening frame and grabbed a 24:23 lead ten minutes into the game. More to come as the Filipino team stayed in charge after the intermission. Smart Gilas boosted the gap at 5-point mark at halftime. But the third term put Al Rayyan in the drivers seat. The Qatari team took over as they outgunned their opponents 23:10. The fourth period turned into a one-way traffic as Al Rayyan dominated every facet of the game. They shocked Smart Gilas 27:7 and celebrated a confident win at the end. Cory Bradford (191-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) and Tanguy Ngombo (196-F-89, agency: Court Side) nailed 15 points each for the winners. Ali Saad Abdulrahman connected for 10 points for Al Rayyan. Mark Barroca (198-F/C-88) answered with 13 points for Smart Gilas. Mac Baracael (193-F/G-85) finished with 11 points in the loss.

Al Rayyan: Erfan Ali Saeed 19, Cory Bradford 15, Tanguy Ngombo 15
Smart Gilas: Mark Barroca 13, Mac Baracael 11

Group B
Al Jalaa Al Hilal 93:63
Al Jalaa rebounded after a slow start at the Asia Champions Cup. The Syrian team recorded the initial victory after edging Al Hilal in Round 2. Michel Maadanli (196-G-81) stepped up with 36 points to pace Jalaa.
The Syrian champions stormed into this one. They dropped 29 points in the opening frame building a 10-point buffer. The second term also belonged to Al Jalaa. They outscored the Saudi Arabia side 26:8 to establish a comfortable 55:27 advantage at halftime. Al Hilal answered with their own rally in the third period. Led by DerMarr Johnson (206-G-80, college: Cincinnati) Al Hilal narrowed the gap to 14 points heading into the final frame. But Al Jalaa quickly regained control and sealed the victory in confident manner. Chudney Gray (188-G-78, college: St.John's) contributed 19 points for Al Jalaa. Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Providence) delivered 13 points in the victory. DerMarr Johnson answered with 13 points for Al Hilal. Hassan Al Zawad (178-G-84) netted 11 points in the loss.

Al Jalaa: Michel Maadanli 36, Chudney Gray 19, Garnett Thompson 13
Al Hilal: DerMarr Johnson 13, Hassan Al Zawad 11

ASU - Al Nasr 90:74
ASU confidently began their Asia Champions Cup campaign. The Jordanian team fired past Al Nasr in preliminary Group B. Al Nasr in the meantime suffered the second straight loss at the tournament. Zaid Abbaas (203-F-83) unloaded 22 points to lead ASU.
The first quarter turned out to be crucial in this one. ASU opened the game aggressively and immediately raced in front. They exploded with 30 points in the opening stanza and established a massive 17-point advantage ten minutes into the encounter. The team from Jordan did not slow down in the second period. ASU piled up a comfortable 25-point buffer at the interval. Al Nasr finally found the right rhythm in the third period. They capitalized on some sloppiness from ASU and cut the margin. However ASU entered the final term still having a solid 21-point cushion and sealed the victory in the dying minutes.
Olumide Oyedeji (208-C/F-81) scored 15 points for the winners. Al Nasr responded with 30 points from Radhouane Slimane (205-C-80). Vincent Jones (210-C-77, college: Jackson St.) accounted for 20 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

ASU: Zaid Abbaas 22, Olumide Oyedeji 15, Wesam Al-Sous (183-G-83) 14
Al Nasr: Radhouane Slimane 30, Vincent Jones 20+12 boards


Preliminary Round. Day 1 - May. 22, 2010 

Group A
Mahram - Astana Tigers 77:49

The Asian Club Championship tipped off in Doha today. The defending champions Iranian Mahram got to the flying start as they cruised past Astana Tigers of Kazakhstan. Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) and Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.) scored 19 points each to secure the victory.
Mahram quickly surged ahead at the beginning of the encounter. While the Tigers were adjusting their offence Mahram ran away to a 19:8 lead. The Kazakhstan champions stopped the bleeding in the second frame. They traded baskets with the favourites and trailed by the same 11 points at halftime. But the third frame doomed Astana. Mahram pushed the throttle and cleared off. The Iranian powerhouse built a massive 30-point advantage before the final stanza. The Tigers had little to answer with in the final frame and surrendered at the end. Mahdi Kamrani (181-G-82) delivered 10 points in the victory. Anton Ponomarev (209-C/F-88, agency: Court Side) answered with 14 points and 16 rebounds for the Tigers. Rustam Yargaliyew (195-F/G-86) finished with 9 points in the loss.

Mahram: Loren Woods 19, Jackson Vroman 19, Mahdi Kamrani 10
Astana Tigers: Anton Ponomarev 14+16 boards, Rustam Yargaliyew 9

Al Rayyan - Duhok 88:66
Al Rayyan opened the Asia Champions Cup with victory. The Qatar team held off their Iraqi counterparts Duhok in Group A. Michael Fey (213-F/C-83, college: UCLA) scored 20 points to lead Al Rayyan.
Duhok looked solid in the first frame. They outrebounded their opponents but it could not allow them to step in front. Al Rayyan grabbed a 21:16 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Al Rayyan continued to mount the lead in the second period. They established a 40:31 advantage at the interval. Duhok could not change the complexion of the encounter in the second half. Al Rayyan stayed dominant and posted a 13-point advantage heading into the fourth term. The Qatar team coasted to the victory in the final stanza. Erfan Ali Saeed (200-F-83) and Yasseen Musa (204-F-80) ensured 15 points each for the winners. Priest Lauderdale (221-C-73, college: Central State) answered with 24 points and 9 rebounds for Duhok. Calvin Cage (183-G-84, college: Buffalo) netted 22 points in the losing effort.

Al Rayyan: Michael Fey 20, Erfan Ali Saeed 15+13 assists, Yasseen Musa 15+12 boards
Duhok: Priest Lauderdale 24, Calvin Cage 22

Group B
Al Riyadi - Al Jalaa 87:77

Al Riyadi fired down Al Jalaa at the start of the 21st Edition of Asia Champions Cup. The Lebanon team overcame a slow start to finish off their opponents after the main break. Nate Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) and Fadi El Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) knocked down 27 points apiece to pace Al Riyadi.
The teams looked well matched early in the game. The lead changed hands for several times before Michel Maadanli (196-G-81) and Gray gave the Syrian team a 19:17 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Al Riyadi used a 7:0 run midway through the second period to surge ahead. They maintained the lead but a three-pointer from Haddad helped Al Jalaa retain the advantage 38:36 at the interval. Fadi El Khatib and Ali Fakhreddine allowed Al Riyadi to step in front early in the third term. The Lebanese team mounted the pressure and managed to clear off to a 10-point distance. Al Riyadi arrived at the final break ahead by ten points 62:52. Al Riyadi quickly boosted the margin at 18-point mark in the final stanza and never looked back en route to the win.
Chester Jarell Giles (211-F/C-85, college: Oregon St.) accounted for 15 points and 15 rebounds in the victory. Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Providence) responded with 21 points and 12 boards for Al Jalaa. Michel Maadanli netted 17 points in the loss.

Al Riyadi: Nate Johnson 27, Fadi El Khatib 27, Chester Jarell Giles 15+15 boards
Al Jalaa: Garnett Thompson 21+12 boards, Michel Maadanli 17

Al Hilal - Al Nasr 77:69
Al Hilal recorded the initial win at the Asia Champions Cup held in Doha. They held off Al Nasr in Group B action. Brandon Crump (208-C-82, college: Tennessee) fired 29 points to lead the winners.
It was a close battle from start to finish. Al Hilal led by just two points midway through the fourth stanza 67:65. However the Saudi Arabia outfit went on a decisive 10:4 run in the closing minutes to clear off for good in this one. DerMarr Johnson (206-G-80, college: Cincinnati) notched 18 points for Al Hilal. Mohammad Al Saqr (178-G-85) added 11 points for the winners. Khalid AlSari responded with 21 points for Al Nasr. Alsuwaidi finished with 12 points in the loss.

Al Hilal: Brandon Crump 29, DerMarr Johnson 18, Mohammad Al Saqr 11
Al Nasr: Khalid AlSari 21, Majid Alsuwaidi 12



   
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