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Asian Club Championships 2011 - Men Basketball


Play-Off bracket1

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Asian Club Championships Standings
Group A
1. Smart Gilas   4-0
2. ASU   3-1
3. Al Ittihad 2-2
4. Duhok 1-3
5. KL Dragons 0-4
Group B
1. Al Riyadi 4-0
2. Mahram   3-1
3. Al Rayyan   2-2
4. Jalaa 1-3
5. Al Shabab 0-4
Points Per Game
 Courtney FIELDS
  USA
  (206-F-82)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Fields, Al Shabab24.8 
 2. Williams, Mahram24.4 
 3. Ayer, KL Dragons22.3 
 4. Dragajlovic, Al It.21.6 
 5. Khatib, Al Riyadi21.0 
 6. Leslie, Al Rayyan19.9 
 7. Douthit, Smart Gil.19.1 
 8. Watkins, ASU18.7 
 9. Giles, Duhok18.6 
 10. Gray, Duhok18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladislav DRAGAJLOVIC
  SRB
  (207-C-79)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Dragajlovic, Al It.13.9 
 2. Giles, Duhok12.1 
 3. Douthit, Smart Gil.12.1 
 4. Ayer, KL Dragons11.8 
 5. Woods, Al Riyadi10.7 
 6. Ismail, Al Riyadi10.5 
 7. Watkins, ASU9.8 
 8. Ngombo, Al Rayyan9.7 
 9. Fields, Al Shabab8.3 
 10. Samb, Mahram7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Daghlas, ASU7.4 
 2. Casio, Smart Gilas6.1 
 3. Nikkhah, Mahram4.9 
 4. Al-Juboori, Duhok4.7 
 5. Guganeswaran, KL D.4.5 
 6. Miller, Jalaa4.3 
 7. Keely, Al Ittihad4.3 
 8. Al-Doori, Duhok4.1 
 9. Akl, Al Riyadi4.0 
 10. Hajji, Al Shabab4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Hamed AFAGH
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Afagh, Mahram2.1 
 2. Watkins, ASU1.7 
 3. Williams, Mahram1.6 
 4. Al-Doori, Duhok1.4 
 5. Gray, Duhok1.3 
 6. Al-Juboori, Duhok1.3 
 7. Fields, Al Shabab1.3 
 8. Douthit, Smart Gil.1.3 
 9. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi1.3 
 10. Giles, Duhok1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  USA
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi3.8 
 2. Samb, Mahram2.9 
 3. Ayer, KL Dragons1.8 
 4. Giles, Duhok1.6 
 5. Fakhreddine, Al Ri.1.3 
 6. Douthit, Smart Gil.1.3 
 7. Walker, Jalaa1.2 
 8. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.2 
 9. Aguilar, Smart Gil.1.1 
 10. Mahdi, Duhok1.0 

Riyadi are new Asian Club Champions! (Photo:fibaasia.net)

Riyadi clinch title in Manila (Photo: fibaasia.net)

Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut 2010-11
Fuad Abou Chakra Fuad Abou Chakra Abou Chakra
Loren Woods
Woods
Ahmad Ismail
Ismail
Ali Mahmoud
Mahmoud
Fadi Khatib
Khatib
Jean Abed El Nour
Abed El Nour
# Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT
10  Woods Loren 218 (7'2'') C 78 USA
7  Ismail Ahmad 201 (6'7'') F 76 Egypt
6  Mahmoud Ali 185 (6'1'') G 83 Canada Lebanon
15  Khatib Fadi 199 (6'7'') F 79 Lebanon
4  Abed El Nour Jean 197 (6'6'') G/F 83 Lebanon
5  Saoud Amir 188 (6'2'') G 91 Lebanon
14  Pharis William 206 (6'9'') F/C 81 USA Lebanon
8  El Turk Omar 188 (6'2'') G 81 Canada Lebanon
11  Ibrahim Mohamad 192 (6'4'') G 83 Lebanon
12  Fakhreddine Ali 204 (6'9'') C 83 Lebanon
9  Kanaan Ali 206 (6'9'') F 85 Canada Lebanon
13  Akl Rodrigue 190 (6'3'') G 88 Lebanon
Head Coach: Fuad Abou Chakra
Coach Assistant: Tigran Gyokchyan
Coach Assistant: Jade Fattouh


Riyadi are new Asian Club Champions! - Jun 5, 2011
FINAL
Al Riyadi - Mahram 91-82
Riyadi clinched Asia Club Championship title. They overcame Mahram to celebrate the first ever success at the tournament. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) came up with a pivotal performance scoring 41 points in the victory. Riyadi opened the game with a 7:3 run to grab the lead. They maintained well throughout the starting quarter and recorded a 17:14 lead after ten minutes. But Samad Nikkhah (198-G/F-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) stepped up for Mahram in the second period. He unleashed 19 points in the quarter to give Mahram a 39:38 lead at halftime. The teams traded baskets throughout close third term. The lead changed hands for several times before Mahram sealed the outcome at 58:57. Fadi Khatib and Jean Abed El Nour (197-G/F-83) knocked down a pair of three-pointers early in the final frame to put Riyadi in front. Hamed Afagh and Cheikh Samb (215-C-84) levelled things up but Fadi Khatib ensured a 6-point advantage for the Lebanese team with just over two minutes remaining. Loren Woods made it 84:77 game with just over a minute to go. Javad Davari replied with a three-pointer to keep Mahram hopeful however two mistakes from Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) and perfect free throw shooting from Fadi Khatib sealed the winning outcome for Riyadi. Jean Abed El Nour produced 21 points, while Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) added 11 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Samad Nikkhah answered with 28 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds for Mahram. Chris Williams notched 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the losing effort.
3-4 place
Smart Gilas - Al Rayyan 64-71
Rayyan stepped onto the pedestal at Asia Club Championship in Manila. The Qatari champions overcame Smart Gilas tonight in the consolation final. Chauncey Leslie (183-G-81, agency: TSS Management, college: Iowa) scored 19 points to pace the winners. Rayyan opened the game on a 10:4 run to take the lead. Smart Gilas erased the deficit late in the quarter however Chauncey Leslie capped it with a treble to give the visitors a 17:15 lead. Rayyan kept Smart Gilas at bay throughout the second term. The Qatari team arrived at the interval up by 3 points 36:33. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term but Smart Gilas were unable to deny the deficit. Rayyan enjoyed a 50:46 lead with ten minutes to go in regulation. Chauncey Leslie and Michael Cuffee stretched the lead to 9 points with under two minutes to go in the game. Joseph Evans Casio (177-PG-86) and Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) dragged the hosts within 5 points but Targuy Ngombo (198-F-89, agency: Court Side) and Chauncey Leslie went perfect from the stripe to seal the victory for Rayyan. Targuy Ngombo accounted for 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Yasseen Musa (204-F-80) added 11 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Marcus Douthit replied with 28 points and 17 rebounds for Smart Gilas. Joseph Evans Casio contributed 10 points and 7 assists in the loss.
5-6 place
Jalaa - ASU 65-72
ASU clinched the fifth position at Asia Club Championship. The Jordanian team prevailed against Jalaa of Syria to wrap up their campaign. Enver Soobzokov (198-G/F-78, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) stepped up with 19 points to pace ASU. Jalaa looked dominant in the first half. The Syrian team earned a 17:11 lead after ten minutes of action. ASU got within three points 21:18 early in the second quarter but Jalaa quickly boosted the lead. They went on an 11:0 run and eventually piled up a 38:24 halftime buffer. Jalaa maintained the margin for some time however ASU crowned the quarter with five points in a row to get as close as 5 points with one quarter to go. ASU used a 16:2 run midway through the fourth frame to pull in front 62:55. Enver Soobzokov gave ASU a 71:62 lead with just over a minute to go and the Jordanian powerhouse rolled to the victory at the end. Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77, college: Georgetown) nailed 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Wesam Al-Sous (183-G-83) had 15 points in the victory. Jamaal Miller (187-G-82, agency: Court Side, college: Green River CC) replied with 16 points for Jalaa. Marcelle Yaqqub (206-C-77) provided 15 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
7-8 place
Duhok - Al Ittihad 95-104
Ittihad earned the seventh overall position at Asia Club Championship in Philippines. They overcame Duhok on the final day of the tournament. Vladislav Dragajlovic (207-C-79, agency: Beo Basket) was the key man for the Saudi Arabia team as he banked 28 points and massive 21 rebounds en route to the victory. Ittihad exploded with 29 points in the first frame to take an 8-point advantage after ten minutes. Adil Al Juhani (189-G-70) quickly boosted the margin to 16 points in the second quarter. Ittihad maintained the lead and earned a 58:41 advantage at the interval. Duhok capped the third quarter with a 19:9 rally to get within 8 points at the final break. Chudney Gray (188-G-78, agency: Promotex, college: St.John's) and Jenero Gorgiss dragged the Iraqi team as close as one point early in the final period. But Ittihad reacted with 11 points in a row to clear off once again. Duhok could not get closer than 5 points in the reminder of the contest as Ittihad wrapped up their campaign on a high note. Ali Al Maghribi (200-F-75) tallied 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Ittihad. Adil Al Juhani contributed 17 points in the victory. Chudney Gray answered with 30 points for Duhok. Qutaiba Al-Doori (198-F-80) had 19 points in the losing effort.



Mahram and Riyadi enter championship game - Jun 4, 2011
SEMIFINAL
Mahram - Smart Gilas 80-77
Mahram became the first Asia Club Championship finalists. They overcame Smart Gilas in a dramatic clash in front of a sell-out crowd at the Philsports Arena. Samad Nikkhah (198-G/F-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) stepped up for two-time defending champions scoring 19 points including three crucial free throws late in regulation. The lead changed hands throughout the opening frame before Joseph Evans Casio (177-PG-86) capped it with a three-pointer giving Smart Gilas a 21:20 lead. Mahram erased the deficit and spurred in front late in the second quarter. Chris Williams ensured a 45:39 lead for Mahram heading into the dressing room. The margin grew at 7-point mark after a three-pointer from Cheikh Samb (215-C-84). But Marcio Lassiter and Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) helped Smart Gilas deny the deficit. Joseph Evans Casio crowned the third quarter with another treble as the teams were tied at 62. Mahram quickly returned a 6-point advantage in the final term. Chris Williams made it 77:69 with under four minutes to go. The defending champions led by 7 points with under a minute to go but Tiu first converted a layup and then hit a three-pointer following a steal from Marcio Lassiter. Samad Nikkhah knocked down just one free throw, while Joseph Evans Casio accounted for two points to drag Smart Gilas within one 77:78 with 11 seconds to go. Samad Nikkhah stepped on the line once again and went deadly to boost the gap to three points. Mark Barroca and Marcio Lassiter had chances to save the game for Smart Gilas but missed their attempts from beyond the arc. Mahdi Kamrani (181-G-82) and Cheikh Samb accounted for 17 points each in the win. Samb added 13 rebounds to his tally. Marcus Douthit responded with 25 points and 13 rebounds for Smart Gilas. Joseph Evans Casio had 21 points in the loss.

Al Riyadi - Al Rayyan 71-52
Riyadi joined Mahram in the championship game at Asia Club Championship. The Lebanese powerhouse left no chance for Rayyan of Qatar in todays second semifinal clash. Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) stepped up with 25 points and 12 rebounds to pace Riyadi. Rayyan will take on Smart Gilas in the Bronze medals game tomorrow. Riyadi opened the game with 13 points in a row to set the tone. They recorded a 19:8 lead after ten minutes of action. The margin kept on growing throughout the second frame. Riyadi arrived at halftime up by 17 points 38:21. Rayyan struggled to get any closer in the third term. Riyadi dominated in every facet of the game entering the final term up by as many as 18 points 53:35. Riyadi did not loosen the grip and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) delivered 18 points, while Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) added 6 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Targuy Ngombo (198-F-89, agency: Court Side) answered with 15 points for Rayyan. Yasseen Musa (204-F-80) accounted for 13 points in the losing effort.
5-8 place
Al Ittihad - Jalaa 77-85
Jalaa recorded victory over Ittihad in the 5-8 place playoffs at Asia Club Championship. Wissam Yaqqub (212-C-82) scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Jalaa will now take on the winners of Duhok vs. ASU battle for the fifth overall position in the tournament. Ittihad surged ahead early in the encounter but Wissam Yaqqub and Michel Maadanly provided Jalaa with an 18:16 lead after ten minutes. Michel Maadanly and Wissam Yaqqub teamed up to stretch the gap to 10 points midway through the second frame. However Ittihad crowned the first half with a 7:2 run to get closer. Jalaa took over in the third term. The Syrian team dominated and kept Ittihad at bay. They recorded a 69:59 lead with one quarter remaining. Sari Papazian (194-G/F-82) gave Jalaa a 12-point cushion early in the final term. Ali Al Maghribi (200-F-75) dragged Ittihad within six points with under two minutes to go. But Jamaal Miller (187-G-82, agency: Court Side, college: Green River CC) and Sari Papazian came up with timely points late in the encounter to seal the victory. Sari Papazian and Marcelle Yaqqub (206-C-77) came up with 16 points each, while Jamaal Miller finished with 13 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds for Jalaa. Vladislav Dragajlovic (207-C-79, agency: Beo Basket) and Ali Al Maghribi responded with 16 points each for Ittihad. Darren Keelly (195-G-78, college: Texas) had 15 points in the loss.

Duhok - ASU 90-98
Late surge propelled ASU past Duhok in the classification round of Asia Club Championship. ASU will now take on Jalaa for the fifth overall position. Duhok will wrap up their campaign against Ittihad. Islam Abbaas (201-C-80) notched 32 points and 14 rebounds to carry ASU past Duhok who played without Chudney Gray. ASU opened the game with 11 unanswered points to surge ahead. The Jordanian side scored eagerly in the opening frame and recorded a 30:17 advantage after ten minutes. Duhok used a 20:6 run midway through the second frame to erase the deficit. ASU though gained back the lead late in the half and posted a 50:43 lead at the interval. Duhok went on a 19:3 run early in the third term and secured a 5-point advantage. They maintained the advantage and entered the final term up by 2 points 69:67. But Wesam Al Sous, Islam Abbaas and Osama Daghlas (199-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) pulled ASU in front 85:81 midway through the final stanza. Islam Abbaas and Zaid Abbas boosted the margin to 9 points with under three minutes to go. Duhok failed to recover in the dying minutes and had to surrender at the end. Osama Daghlas notched 17 points and 12 assists, while Enver Soobzokov (198-G/F-78, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) provided 14 points in the winning effort. Chester Giles (211-F/C-85, college: Oregon St.) replied with 24 points and 10 rebounds for Duhok. Qutaiba Al-Doori (198-F-80) finished with 19 points in the loss.


Riyadi, Mahram, Smart Gilas and Rayyan enter semifinals - Jun 3, 2011

ASU - Al Rayyan 77-83
Rayyan became the fourth semifinalists at Asia Club Championship. The Qatari champions upset ASU to stay in the title race. Rayyan will now take on Riyadi in the semis. ASU will face Duhok of Iraq in the 5-8 place playoffs. ASU led in the first frame. The Jordanian side accumulated a 19:16 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Michael Cuffee (193-F-83, college: Middle Tenn.St.) and Chauncey Leslie (183-G-81, agency: TSS Management, college: Iowa) pulled Rayyan in front early in the second period. ASU erased the deficit and knotting things up at 39 at halftime. Wesam Al Sous and Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77, college: Georgetown) gave ASU a 6-point advantage midway through the third period however Rayyan went on a 20:6 rally to take a 63:55 advantage with one quarter remaining. The Qatari team boosted the gap to 12 points in the final frame but ASU refused to surrender. Jameel Watkins and Wesam Al Sous dragged them within three points with just over a minute remaining. Michael Cuffee stepped with a decisive three-pointer and then Chauncey Leslie went perfect from the stripe to seal the victory for Rayyan. Chauncey Leslie dropped 29 points, while Michael Cuffee added 15 points in the victory. Jameel Watkins answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds for ASU. Mohammad Hadrab (201-F-84) netted 13 points in the loss.

Mahram - Al Ittihad 102-65
Two-time defending champions Mahram entered Asia Club Championship semifinal stage. They dismantled Ittihad in the quarterfinal today. Cheikh Samb (215-C-84) came up with 18 points to pace well-balanced effort from the Iranian powerhouse. It never looked any good for Ittihad in this one. Mahram opened the game with an 18:0 run to stun their opponents. The Iranian side unloaded 32 points in the opening quarter to build a 17-point advantage. Things just kept getting worse for Ittihad in the second term. Mahram enlarged the gap to 22 points at halftime 52:30. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term as Mahram secured a 22-point cushion before the final term. Mahram erupted for 28 points in the fourth stanza and sealed a confident win at the end. Javad Davari (185-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) and Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) finished with 14 points each. Mehrad Atashi (192-G-86) added 13 points for the winners. Darren Keelly (195-G-78, college: Texas) answered with 24 points for Ittihad. Vladislav Dragajlovic (207-C-79, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 19 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Smart Gilas - Jalaa 85-80
Smart Gilas advanced into Asia Club Championship semifinals. They overcame Syrian Jalaa in the tough quarterfinal battle tonight. Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) masterminded the victory scoring game-high 26 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Jalaa led throughout the opening quarter. They registered a 22:20 advantage after ten minutes. Michel Maadanly (195-G-81) and Sari Papazian made it 31:20 for Jalaa midway through the second frame. Smart Gilas could not find the answers in the first half trailing by 7 points 34:41. However Smart Gilas opened the second half on a 10:4 run to narrow the deficit. Finally Japeth Aguilar (207-C-85, college: W.Kentucky) put the hosts in front 56:55 late in the third term. Marcus Douthit made it 61:57 for the home team with one quarter remaining. Marcus Douthit and Baracael stretched the margin to 8 points with under two minutes to go. Jamaal Miller dragged Jalaa within three points with 22 seconds to go but Marcus Douthit put an exclamation mark with a dunk and sealed the victory. Joseph Evans Casio (177-PG-86) provided 22 points and 9 assists for Smart Gilas. Japeth Aguilar came up with 12 points in the victory. Samaki Walker (206-F/C-76, college: Louisville) responded with 25 points and 8 rebounds for Jalaa. Michel Maadanly accounted for 17 points.

Al Riyadi - Duhok 106-80
Riyadi earned the spot in the Asia Club Championship semifinals. They coasted past Duhok in the first quarterfinal clash at the tournament tonight. Jean Abed El Nour (197-G/F-83) stepped up with 24 points to pace the Lebanese team. Duhok opened the game with a 9:2 run but Riyadi quickly stopped the bleeding. The Lebanese team capped the opening frame with 9 points in a row to take a 25:19 advantage. The second quarter turned disastrous for the Iraqi team. They conceded 35 points to face a massive 26-point deficit at halftime 34:60. Riyadi boosted the margin to 33 points midway through the third term and never looked back en route to the victory. Fadi Khatib nailed 21 points, while Ali Fakhreddine (204-C-83) and Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) provided 10 points each for the winners. Chester Giles (211-F/C-85, college: Oregon St.) posted 29 points and 13 rebounds to pace Duhok. Salah Mahdi (206-C-91) finished with 14 points in the losing case.


Quarterfinals are set in Manila - Jun 1, 2011
Group A
ASU - Smart Gilas 74-76
Smart Gilas snatched a tough narrow win over ASU in the final round of preliminary round at Asia Club Championship. The victory became the fourth straight for the Filipino team. They clinched the top position in Group A. Smart Gilas will now face Jalaa, while ASU will play against Rayyan at the quarterfinal stage of the tournament. ASU limited the hosts to just 12 points in the starting period and grabbed a four-point lead after ten minutes. Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) helped Smart Gilas erase the deficit in the second frame. Osama Daghlas (199-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) had the last laugh in the first half as his free throw made it 28:27 for the Jordanian team at halftime. ASU maintained the lead throughout the bigger part of the third term. Barroca and Taulava pulled Smart Gilas in front late in the period but Zaid Abbas returned the advantage to ASU 46:45 after three quarters of action. Barracael and Dondon Hontiveros (188-G-77) drained back-to-back three-pointers midway through the final term to put Smart Gilas in charge 61:60. Soon the margin grew at 6 points 72:66. Osama Daghlas dragged Smart Gilas within three points with 4 seconds to go. But Lutz converted two free throws and another three-pointer from Osama Daghlas went in vain. Dondon Hontiveros provided 23 points for Smart Gilas. Marcus Douthit added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77, college: Georgetown) answered with 25 points for ASU. Abbaas Zaid (203-F-83) accounted for 20 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.

Al Ittihad - KL Dragons 98-76
Ittihad recorded the second win at Asia Club Championship. They rallied past KL Dragons to improve at 2-3 record in Group A. KL Dragons fell at 0-4 record after the loss and would play for 9th-10th overall position in the tournament. Darren Keelly (195-G-78, college: Texas) came up with 36 points to pace Ittihad. The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. The Saudi Arabian team led by just a single point 25:24 after ten minutes of action. But Ittihad erupted for 38 points in the second frame and managed to clear off. They secured a 63:42 advantage at the interval. The margin grew at 27 points in the third term as KL Dragons struggled to get back to life. The Malaysian team finally get things going as they narrowed the distance at 17 points with one quarter remaining. But it was too little to hope for a positive outcome. Ittihad stayed confident in the final period and secured the win at the end. Vladislav Dragajlovic (207-C-79, agency: Beo Basket) provided 32 points and 16 boards for Ittihad. Adil Al Juhani (189-G-70) had 12 points in the win. Shee Fai Loh (189-G-89) answered with 19 points for KL Dragons. Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84, agency: 011 Sports, college: Middle Tenn.St.) accounted for 17 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.
Group B
Mahram - Al Rayyan 81-64
Mahram got back to the winning ways in Manila. Two-time defending champions prevailed against Rayyan to improve at 3-1 record in preliminary Group B of Asia Club Championship. Mahram will now take on Ittihad in the playoffs. Rayyan will face ASU in the clash for a semifinal spot. The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. Mahram enjoyed a narrow two-point lead after ten minutes of action 18:16. Chauncey Leslie (183-G-81, agency: TSS Management, college: Iowa) and Efran Ali Saeed helped Rayyan to erase the deficit early in the second term. Mahram got back into the lead and they finalized the first half leading by 4 points 40:36. The Iranian powerhouse boosted the margin to 12 points midway through the third term. They finished the quarter up by 11 points 62:51. Rayyan could not get closer than 10 points in the final frame as Mahram rolled to the victory. Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) provided 23 points and 10 rebounds for Mahram. Cheikh Samb (215-C-84) and Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) accounted for 16 points each in the victory. Chauncey Leslie answered with 20 points for Rayyan. Omer Abdelkader Salem (206-C-83) delivered 14 points in the loss.

Al Riyadi - Jalaa 86-73
Riaydi earned the fourth straight win at Asia Club Championship. Thus the Lebanese team finished the preliminary round on top of Group B. Jalaa slipped at 1-3 record but made it into the quarterfinal round. Riyadi will face Duhok, while Jalaa will take on Smart Gilas in the playoffs. Riaydi got to a slow start in this one. Jalaa dominated in the first quarter. The Syrian side posted a 20:15 advantage after ten minutes of action. Rami Merjaneh (183-G-83) stretched the gap to 9 points early in the second term. Riyadi answered with 15:4 run to take a 39:36 lead at halftime. Jalaa drew things level midway through the third term however Riyadi struck right back and recorded a 59:51 lead after 30 minutes of action. Amir Saoud (188-G-91) boosted the margin to 14 points early in the final quarter. Jalaa could not get closer than 8 points in the reminder of the contest as Riyadi breezed to the fourth straight win in Manila. Amir Saoud accounted for 28 points for Riyadi. Omar El Turk (188-G-81, college: Dawson Coll.) and William Pharis (206-F/C-81, college: Arkansas) added 18 points each in the win. Rami Merjaneh answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds for Jalaa. Jamaal Miller (187-G-82, agency: Court Side, college: Green River CC) had 14 points in the loss.


ASU, Riyadi and Smart Gilas record third wins in a row - May 31, 2011
Group A
KL Dragons - ASU 77-101
ASU maintained their perfect record at Asia Club Championship in Philippines. They toppled KL Dragons to improve at 3-0 record on top of Group A. KL Dragons in the meantime suffered the third straight defeat at the tournament. Osama Daghlas (199-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) knocked down 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the charge. ASU fired 26 points in the starting quarter to record a 4-point lead. The second frame turned disastrous for the Malaysian team. They conceded 32 points to face an insurmountable 26-point halftime deficit. ASU did not loosen the grasp in the second part of the clash. They dictated the tempo and registered another win at the end. Mohammad Hadrab notched 17 points and 12 boards for ASU. Islam Abbaas (201-C-80) and Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77, college: Georgetown) accounted for 16 points each in the win. Chris Ayer (208-C-83, college: Loyola Marymount) replied with 21 points and 12 rebounds for KL Dragons. Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84, agency: 011 Sports, college: Middle Tenn.St.) provided 17 points in the loss.

Smart Gilas - Duhok 74-64
Smart Gilas extended their unbeaten rally at Asia Club Championship. The Filipino powerhouse rolled past Duhok to climb at 3-0 record in Group A. Duhok fell at 1-3 record despite an amazing performance from Chester Giles (211-F/C-85, college: Oregon St.). Well-balanced Smart Gilas left 20 points and 23 rebounds from Chester Giles unnoticed and drove to the victory at the end. Smart Gilas posted a 21:17 lead after ten minutes. The hosts gradually boosted the lead to 14 points in the second frame. They established a 47:35 advantage at halftime. Smart Gilas led by 10 points in the third term before Chudney Gray (188-G-78, agency: Promotex, college: St.John's) and Chester Giles dragged the Iraqi team within two points. Lutz helped Smart Gilas earn a 59:53 lead with one quarter remaining. Mark Barroca (198-F/C-88) and Baracael extended the margin to 13 points early in the final quarter and Smart Gilas never looked back en route to the victory. Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) provided 14 points and 15 boards for Smart Gilas. Mark Barroca added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Chudney Gray answered with 17 points in the defeat.
Group B
Al Rayyan - Al Riyadi 73-78 OT
Riyadi kept their record spotless at Asia Club Championship in Manila. They overcame Rayyan to clinch the third win in a row. Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) stepped up with 24 points and 12 rebounds to pace Riyadi as they cleared off on top of Group B. Riyadi posted an 18:15 lead after ten minutes of action. However Rayyan used a 14:2 run to surge ahead midway through the second term. The Qatari champions ensured a 35:29 advantage at the interval. Riyadi cut the deficit to a single point midway through the third term but Rayyan ensured a 7-point buffer before the final stanza. Jean Abed El Nour and Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) narrowed the distance late in regulation. Rodrigue Akl eventually drew things level at 70 and forced overtime. Riyadi limited Rayyan to just three points in the extra period and claimed another win at the tournament. Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) provided 18 points and 17 rebounds, while Fadi Khatib accounted for 13 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Targuy Ngombo (198-F-89, agency: Court Side) answered with 24 points and 11 rebounds for Rayyan. Chauncey Leslie (183-G-81, agency: TSS Management, college: Iowa) had 15 points in the losing effort.

Jalaa - Al Shabab 93-63
Jalaa celebrated the first win at the Asia Club Championship in Manila. They knocked down Shabab to improve at 1-2 record in Group B. Shabab on the other hand lost the fourth game in as many games played. Marcelle Yaqqub (206-C-77) nailed 23 points for the winners. Jalaa stunned their opponents early in the game. The Syrian team registered a 23:11 advantage midway through the opening quarter. Jamaal Miller capped the period with a three-pointer to make it 26:13. Jalaa stretched the margin to 18 points midway through the second term. Rashed Al Zaabi (180-G-88) helped Shabab to narrow the gap at 13 points at halftime 32:45. Jalaa kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. They accumulated a 70:47 lead after three quarters of action. Shabab never got closer than 20 points in the fourth term and suffered the fourth consecutive defeat at the end. Jamaal Miller provided 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, while Michel Maadanly (195-G-81) and Rami Merjaneh (183-G-83) added 13 points apiece in the win. Courtney Fields (206-F-82, college: Iona) replied with 21 points and 11 boards for Shabab. Rashed Al Zaabi topscored with 24 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.


Day 3 of action in Manila - May 30, 2011
Group A
Duhok - KL Dragons 88-76
Duhok draw first blood at the Asia Club Championship. The Iraqi team overcame KL Dragons of Malaysia to improve at 1-2 record in Group A. Chester Giles (211-F/C-85, college: Oregon St.) accounted for 28 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge. KL Dragons slipped at 0-2 record after the loss. KL Dragons led 5:4 early in the encounter but Duhok went on a 24:8 run to establish a 28:13 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew at 16-point mark midway through the second frame before KL Dragons started to react. They capped the first half with an 18:4 run to get within just two points from their opponents 38:40. Chris Ayer (208-C-83, college: Loyola Marymount) levelled things up at 42 in the third term. But the Iraqi team stepped on the gas again and ran away for a 62:52 advantage with ten minutes remaining. KL Dragons could not get closer than 8 points in the fourth term and Duhok celebrated the first win at the tournament. Qutaiba Al-Doori (198-F-80) and Chudney Gray (188-G-78, agency: Promotex, college: St.John's) finished with 19 points each for the winners. Chris Ayer answered with 22 points and 14 rebounds for KL Dragons. Shee Fai Loh (189-G-89) accounted for 14 points in the loss.

ASU - Al Ittihad 79-69
ASU posted the second consecutive win at the Asia Club Championship in Philippines. They prevailed against Ittihad to improve at 2-0 record on top of Group A. Ittihad in the meantime slipped at 1-2 record. Mousa Alawadi (192-G/F-85) stepped up with 26 points to pace the Jordanian side. Ittihad opened the game with an 8:3 run and maintained the lead throughout the bigger part of the starting quarter. However ASU got within a striking distance and Mousa Alawadi gave ASU a 19:18 lead ten minutes into the game. The Jordanian team stretched the margin to 8 points midway through the second quarter but Ittihad were able to narrow it back to 2 at halftime 34:36. The teams stayed close throughout intense third period. Jameel Watkins and Mousa Alawadi ensured a 61:55 lead for ASU with ten minutes remaining. ASU took over midway through the final stanza and boosted the gap to 15 points. Ittihad had too little time to answer and had to yield at the end. Osama Daghlas (199-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) provided 14 points, 9 assists and 5 boards for ASU. Ryan Forehan-Kelly (197-F/G-80, college: California) and Wesam Al Sous netted 11 points each in the win. Darren Keelly (195-G-78, college: Texas) answered with 26 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds for Ittihad. Vladislav Dragajlovic (207-C-79, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 11 points and 16 rebounds in the loss.
Group B
Al Riyadi - Mahram 76-73
Riaydi and Mahram came up with an amazing high-flying battle at Asia Club Championship in Manila tonight. The Lebanese team overcame two-time defending champions to improve at 2-0 record. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) accounted for 25 points to lead Riaydi. Riyadi bravely opened the game. They quickly gained a 21:10 lead. The Lebanese team entered the second term up by 10 points 24:14. Mahram tipped off the second term with a 10:0 run to level things up. The teams traded baskets before Hamed Afegh made it 39:37 for Mahram at halftime. Fadi Khatib and Jean Abed El Nour (197-G/F-83) gave Riyadi a 4-point lead. The Lebanese side secured a 59:56 advantage at the final intermission. Ismail Ahmad gave Riyadi a 12-point buffer early in the final stanza but Mahram found the way out. Samad Nikkhah (198-G/F-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) dragged Mahram within one point 69:70. The Iranian powerhouse still trailed by a single point 73:74 with 9 seconds remaining. However Fadi Khatib converted two free throws and Mahdi Kamrani missed a three-pointer to seal Riyadi. Jean Abed El Nour knocked down 15 points, while Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) replied with 32 points for Mahram. Samad Nikkhah contributed 18 points in the loss.

Al Shabab - Al Rayyan 60-78
Rayyan celebrated the second straight win at the Asia Club Championship. They outscored Shabab to climb at 2-0 record in Group B. Shabab suffered the third straight loss on the other hand. Targuy Ngombo (198-F-89, agency: Court Side) fired 21 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 5 assists to pace the Qatari team. Rayyan opened the game with a 12:2 run. They erupted for 27 points in the opening stanza and earned an 11-point advantage. Rashed Al Zaabi (180-G-88) helped Shabab narrow the deficit just 3 points midway through the second period. But Rayyan struck right back and recorded a 43:33 halftime advantage. Rayyan maintained the lead throughout the third term. They established a 62:46 cushion heading into the fourth frame. Shabab never got closer than 16 points in the final quarter. Yasseen Musa (204-F-80) added 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Chauncey Leslie (183-G-81, agency: TSS Management, college: Iowa) provided 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the win. Shabab responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds from Courtney Fields (206-F-82, college: Iona). Rashed Al Zaabi had 15 points in the loss.


Mahram and Smart Gilas record second straight wins - May 29, 2011
Group A
KL Dragons - Smart Gilas 64-95
Smart Gilas rallied to the second straight win at the Asia Club Championship. The hosts knocked down KL Dragons tonight to improve at 2-0 record on top of preliminary Group A. Christopher Tiu John (178-PG-85) stepped up with 11 points to pace Smart Gilas. Smart Gilas opened the game with a stunning 10:0 run. KL Dragons gradually recovered but still faced a 5-point deficit after ten minutes 15:20. KL Dragons seemed to have found their rhythm as they capped the half with an 8:2 run to take a 40:39 lead. Smart Gilas bounced back in style. They ignited a 26:7 surge late in the third term to gain a comfortable 65:49 advantage. The hosts quickly boosted the gap to 25 points in the final quarter and never looked back en route to the victory. Mark Barroca (198-F/C-88), Joseph Evans Casio (177-PG-86), Dondon Hontiveros (188-G-77) and Christopher Lutz Ryan (191-G-85, college: Marshall) produced 10 points each for the winners. Chris Ayer (208-C-83, college: Loyola Marymount) answered with 31 points and 13 rebounds for KL Dragons. Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84, agency: 011 Sports, college: Middle Tenn.St.) accounted for 15 points in the loss.

Duhok - Al Ittihad 75-83
Vladislav Dragajlovic (207-C-79, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 27 points and 15 rebounds to lead Ittihad to the initial win at the Asia Club Championship. They outscored Duhok of Iraq in preliminary Group A. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the opening frame. Ittihad entered the second term up by a single point 21:20. Vladislav Dragajlovic gave Ittihad a 37:28 lead midway through the second term but Duhok found the answer. They went on a 9:0 run to level things up at 37 at the interval. Chester Giles (211-F/C-85, college: Oregon St.) put Duhok in front early in the third quarter but Ittihad regained the advantage and registered a 57:50 lead at the final intermission. Ittihad cleared off to double-digit lead early in the fourth quarter but Chudney Gray dragged Duhok within 6 with under three minutes to go. Jaber Kabe (182-G-85) knocked down important four points for Ittihad and the Saudi Arabia team did not look back en route to the win afterwards. Adil Aljuhani knocked down 21 points, grabbed 6 boards and dished out 4 assists for Ittihad. Jaber Kabe accounted for 10 points in the win. Chudney Gray (188-G-78, agency: Promotex, college: St.John's) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds for Duhok. Chester Giles provided 16 points and 14 boards in defeat.
Group B
Al Rayyan - Jalaa 90-67
Rayyan celebrated the first win at the Asia Club Championship in Philippines. They toppled Jalaa in the opener. Jalaa in the meantime suffered the second straight loss at the tournament. Chauncey Leslie (183-G-81, agency: TSS Management, college: Iowa) netted 30 points to lead the effort. The Qatari team looked the better side in the opening frame. They established a 17:11 advantage midway through the quarter. Rayyan ensured a 20:14 lead after ten minutes. Yasseen Musa (204-F-80) helped Rayyan boost the gap to 15 points midway through the second term. The Qatari side arrived at the main break up by 15 points 47:32. Rayyan tipped off the third quarter with a 19:0 run and eased to a 74:51 lead with one quarter remaining. Jalaa found no proper answer for the onslaught and had to surrender at the end. Yasseen Musa provided 21 points, while Targuy Ngombo (198-F-89, agency: Court Side) had 17 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. Sari Papazian (194-G/F-82) notched 20 points for Jalaa. Ahmad Ishak (194-F-86) accounted for 11 points in defeat.

Mahram - Al Shabab 90-73
Two-time defending champions Mahram celebrated the second straight win at the Asia Club Championship. They held off Shabab to improve at 2-0 record in Group B. Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) had another big game scoring 31 points and pulling down 8 rebounds in the victory. Mahram led 17:11 midway through the opening frame but Shabab erased the deficit and posted a 24:23 advantage at the final intermission. Courtney Fields (206-F-82, college: Iona) and Ali Al Hattawi made it 36:28 for Shabab midway through the second term. But Oshin Sahakian helped Mahram to a 45:41 lead after twenty minutes of action. Cheikh Samb (215-C-84) ensured a 61:50 lead for the Iranian team in the third term. Shabab reacted with a strong run late in the period and cut the deficit at just two points 62:64 entering the final frame. Mahram struck right back at the start of the final period. They increased the tempo and quickly enlarged the gap to 10 points. Shabab could not recover in the dying stages of the encounter as Mahram sealed the victory at the end. Cheikh Samb notched 24 points and 7 rebounds for the Iranian team. Samad Nikkhah (198-G/F-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) nailed 16 points in the winning effort. Courtney Fields answered with 20 points and 7 rebounds for Shabab. Rashed Al Zaabi (180-G-88) netted 17 points in the loss.



Day 1 of action in Manila - May 28, 2011

Group A
Smart Gilas - Ittihad 101:69
Smart Gilas confidently opened Fiba Asia Club Championship. The hosts rolled past Ittihad in the opening game in Group A. Japeth Aguilar (207-C-85, college: W.Kentucky) stepped up with 20 points and 6 rebounds to lead Smart Gilas to the victory.
Smart Gilas led from start to finish in this one. The hosts ensured a 19:16 lead after ten minutes. Ittihad drew things level at 21 early in the second term. But Smart Gilas ignited a 22:8 rally to build a 45:31 lead at the interval. The lead increased to 20+ in the third term as Smart Gilas took over completely. They recorded a 78:47 advantage at the final intermission. Ittihad never recovered and had to digest a bitter pill at the end. Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) posted 18 points and 7 rebounds, while Marcio Lassiter (188-G-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) provided 15 points for the winners. Vladislav Dragajlovic (207-C-79, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 18 points for Ittihad. Ali Al Maghribi (200-F-75) had 9 points in the loss.

Smart Gilas: Japeth Aguilar 20, Marcus Douthit 18, Marcio Lassiter 15
Ittihad: Vladislav Dragajlovic 18, Ali Al Maghribi 9

ASU - Duhok 74:66
ASU recorded the first win at the Fiba Asia Club Championship. They toppled Duhok in opener in Manila tonight. Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77, college: Georgetown) stepped up with 25 points and 17 rebounds to pace ASU.
Duhok ensured slightly better start to the game. They eked out a narrow 17:15 lead after ten minutes. ASU struck back in the second term. The Jordanian team wrapped up the second frame on an 11:3 run to take a 41:33 advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout intense third term. Duhok regained the advantage as they entered the final frame up by a single point 50:49. However ASU used an 8:0 run midway through the final term to put their noses in front. Daghlas Osama (199-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) made it a 12-point game with under three minutes to go and ASU would not look back afterwards.
Daghlas Osama provided 15 points, 5 boards and 5 assists, while Wesam Al-Sous (183-G-83) finished with 10 points in the win. Chudney Gray (188-G-78, agency: Promotex, college: St.John's) accounted for 16 points and 7 rebounds for Duhok. Qutaiba Al-Doori netted 15 points, while Ali Hamadeh provided 10 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

ASU: Jameel Watkins 25+17 boards, Daghlas Osama 15, Wesam Al-Sous 10
Duhok: Chudney Gray 16, Qutaiba Al-Doori 15


Group B
Riyadi - Shaab 109:90

Riyadi knocked down Shaab in the first game at the Asia Club Championship in Manila. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) stepped up with 29 points to pace the Lebanese team to the victory.
Courtney Fields (206-F-82, college: Iona) ensured a 6:2 start to the game for Shaab. But Riyadi quickly took over. They capped the frame on a 13:0 run to build a 19:10 lead after ten minutes. Riyadi opened a 14-point advantage early in the second quarter. Jean Abed El Nour (197-G/F-83) made it 46:33 at halftime. Rashed Al Zaabi (180-F-88) dragged Shaab within 10 points midway through the third term but it was as close as the UAE team could get. Riyadi responded with a 25:8 rally to clear off for good in this one. Jean Abed El Nour knocked down 24 points, while Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) provided 17 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds for the winners. Courtney Fields stepped up with game-high 39 points and 8 boards for Shaab. Rashed Al Zaabi had 14 points in the loss.

Riyadi: Fadi Khatib 29, Jean Abed El Nour 24, Ahmad Ismail 17
Shaab: Courtney Fields 39, Rashed Al Zaabi 14

Mahram - Jalaa 86:59
Mahram opened their Fiba Asia Club Championship campaign in style. Two-time defending champions fired past Jalaa in preliminary Group B. Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) erupted for 34 points and 6 rebounds for Mahram.
Mahram opened the game with eight points in a row to set the tone. Jalaa came back to life midway through the quarter as they levelled things up at 15. But Mahram surged ahead once again posting a 21:17 lead after ten minutes. Mahram capped the first half with a 16:6 run to boost their lead to as many as 18 points 47:29. Soon the Iranian side opened a 20-point advantage and rallied to a comfortable 71:44 lead with ten minutes remaining. Jalaa could not recover in the fourth frame as Mahram cruised to the victory at the end. Cheikh Samb (215-C-84) contributed 12 points and 8 rebounds, while Samad Nikkhah (198-G/F-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists in the victory. Samaki Walker (206-F/C-76, college: Louisville) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Jalaa. Jamaal Miller (187-G-82, agency: Court Side, college: Green River CC) netted 14 points in the loss.

Mahram: Chris Williams 34, Cheikh Samb 12, Samad Nikkhah 10+10 boards
Jalaa: Samaki Walker 16, Jamaal Miller 14
   
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