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Premier League Standings
 1. Al-Manama 23-1 
 2. Al-Ahli 19-5 
 3. Al-Muharraq 18-6 
 4. Al-Riffa 16-8 
 5. Al-Nweidrat 16-8 
 6. Al-Hala 16-8 
 7. Al-Najma 14-10 
 8. Al-Ittihad 12-12 
 9. Al-Bahrain 8-16 
 10. Sitra 7-17 
 11. Isa Town 3-21 
 12. Hidd 2-22 
 13. Samaheej 2-22 
Full Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Marcel JONES
  Al-Riffa
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 32.5
 1. Jones, Al-Riffa32.5 
 2. Holden, Al-Bahrain24.8 
 3. Wilkerson, Al-Ittihad23.3 
 4. Woods, Al-Hala21.3 
 5. Ilic, Al-Nweidrat20.8 
 6. Quantance, Al-Na.19.5 
 7. Lulu, Hidd18.8 
 8. Aldurazi, Al-Muharraq17.5 
 9. Abdulla, Al-Muharraq17.4 
 10. Shaker, Al-Ahli16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al-Hala
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Woods, Al-Hala18.3 
 2. Jones, Al-Riffa17.0 
 3. Ilic, Al-Nweidrat16.4 
 4. Quantance, Al-Na.15.8 
 5. Holden, Al-Bahrain15.1 
 6. Wilkerson, Al-Ittihad13.4 
 7. Chism, Al-Manama12.7 
 8. Richard, Al-Muhar.12.6 
 9. Mohamed, Hidd9.4 
 10. Shukralla, Al-Muhar.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Hassan HELAL
  Al-Ittihad
  (173-PG-95)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Helal, Al-Ittihad6.2 
 2. Shaker, Al-Ahli5.8 
 3. Abdulla, Al-Nweidrat5.7 
 4. Bullay, Al-Najma5.4 
 5. Aldurazi, Al-Muharraq5.1 
 6. Quantance, Al-Na.5.1 
 7. Salman, Al-Hala4.7 
 8. Lulu, Hidd4.4 
 9. Ismaeel, Al-Manama3.9 
 10. Husain, Al-Riffa3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Hussain LULU
  Hidd
  (--)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Lulu, Hidd2.7 
 2. Jones, Al-Riffa2.4 
 3. Hassan, Al-Najma2.4 
 4. Helal, Al-Ittihad2.2 
 5. Quantance, Al-Na.2.2 
 6. Busafwan, Samaheej2.1 
 7. Jameel, Al-Manama2.0 
 8. Habib, Isa Town2.0 
 9. Mahdi, Al-Riffa1.9 
 10. Husain, Al-Riffa1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al-Hala
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 3
 1. Woods, Al-Hala3.0 
 2. Ilic, Al-Nweidrat2.2 
 3. Richard, Al-Muhar.2.0 
 4. Chism, Al-Manama1.9 
 5. Quantance, Al-Na.1.8 
 6. Holden, Al-Bahrain1.6 
 7. Hassan, Al-Najma1.2 
 8. Hussain, Al-Ahli1.2 
 9. Wilkerson, Al-Ittihad1.1 
 10. Jones, Al-Riffa0.9 

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Al-Muharraq 56% Mar.1 Al-Hala
Al-Nweidrat 51% Mar.1 Al-Riffa
Interview with Toni Vujanic - Feb 12, 2018


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Toni Vujanic
Eurobasket.com had a pleasure to chat with one of the biggest coaching icons in last 10 years in Middle East and Asia, coach Toni Vujanic . He was awarded many times as Coach of the Year in different countries.

Coach Toni good day, how are you?

Greetings to Eurobasket, I am fine, thank you.

Coach you are coaching in Bahrain now, after leaving Kuwait. What was the reason?


Yes, I am in Bahrain since September 2017. I left Kuwait because I didn't see change to develop with my team and compete against Qadasiya-Kuwait and Jahra. Management didn't have ambitions to reinforce team after losing major 2-3 players. We had great season before, but that was it... it was really pitty because basketball in Kuwait and Kazma deserve better treatment and if they don't wake up on time, many GCC countries will pass them.

So, tell us why Al Riffa, team that didn't exists on basketball map in Bahrain?

Well, some things in life come unexpected and we can't control them. I booked and payed my own ticket back to Europe and on day of the fly, actually 700m before the airport I got a call from Riffa team asking me to come direct ... I accepted offer even it wasn't greatest, but more, I accepted challenge with young team and players that mostly never played in their teams and never played together.

Tell us about All Riffa and your outstanding import Marcel Jones?

Riffa is respected soccer club and basketball is new to everyone there. It's very "new" team in Bahrain basketball league that started the season very bad, after 4 days watching a tape and observing the games, I created my idea and decided how should I work. I signed very good import Marcel Jones that in beginning everyone was little skeptical, but after regular season he become top scorer of the league and so far for me, sure MVP of the league. Marcel is multi polar player with great speed and ball handling, very athletic and energetic young man with great basketball IQ. We worked 2 times a day very hard and slowly but sure we started to climb up on the list... when I came to Al Riffa, the team was sharing 9th and 10th position and we finished regular season on 4th spot.

Anything about local players?

Al Riffa locel players are group of unexperienced guys with great working attitude. Players hungry to learn and all "our" success is thanks to them and Marcel. Only capitan A. Gali, Ahmad Alo, Hussain Mossawi (that is injured), and M. Nabil have experience in Bahrain league, all the rest are the players that got not much chance in previous teams, but players with ability to learn and develop. Again, it's incredible to see how these guys develop and get better every single week. Big respect to them and my gratitude.

How is Bahrain and league down there?

Bahrain is a great country with supper infrastructure and organization. Teams as Manama and Muharraq and Ahly are very good organized basketball clubs. Federation under new President Shaik is growing fantastically and his visions are incredibly good for develop of basketball in Bahrain and GCC. I was till 2014 in Bahrain but now all is far much better and more structured and organized. I am supprised in changes and way how this President work. I am sure that the future of Bahrain basketball is bright. Only 3 things I would add: local players needs experience and games, every player should have 40+ games during the season before entering final stage; the league has lots of fans, some games of top teams are 3000 fans in gym and second import is "must", he would not kill the locals but he would bring taste and league would be so strong as some Top leagues in Asia; and last but not least - Bahrain has very "good" referees but should be more structured and better organized and paid.

Coach, what are your plans for the future?

I like Bahrain a lot but I have one year contract with Al Riffa and after April I am free... like all my colleagues I would like to make some project on long term .. working short term contract is very hard for any coach and needs lots of hard work and its tricky and unsecure. When you have 2 or 3 year contract you can build and create team and philosophy, short term's contracts maeans that club have no vision for the future and that your work depends on many different factors. So always open for new challenges.

Thank you Coach for this chate, anything you want to add?

I thank eurobasket.com for opportunity and this interview and hope you keep doing great work and promote the best game so fat. I thank my President, club and all my players for this season so far and hope that "sky is the limit" for us. Thanks once again!   



Bahrain and UAE qualify for FIBA U18 Asian Championship - 8 days ago
Bahrain and United Arab Emirates will represent Gulf Basketball Association sub-zone in the upcoming FIBA U18 Asian Championship in Bangkok, Thailand. Bahrain swept the Qualifying to win the Championships while United Arab Emirates finished second with an impressive 3-1 record. The FIBA U18 Asian Championship 2018 will take place in Bangkok, Thailand from 5-11 August 2018. Final Standings Bahrain UAE KSA Qatar Oman. Courtesy of: fiba.basketball   [read more]

Arnett
Moultrie
Al-Muharraq signs Arnett Moultrie - 10 days ago
ARNETT MOULTRIE Al-Muharraq (Premier League) signed 27-year old American power forward Arnett Moultrie (208-113kg-90, college: Mississippi State, agency: Interperformances). He just played at Mahram in Iranian Superleague. He helped them to make it to the final. A very impressive season as he was voted Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague Center of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team. Moultrie also played in South Korean KBL earlier that season. In 2012 he was dr...   [read more]

Jordan
Richard
Jordan Richard (ex Al-Muharraq) joins Lapua - 11 days ago
JORDAN RICHARD Lapuan Korikobrat (Korisliiga) agreed terms with 28-year old American center Jordan Richard (206-89, college: CS Los Angeles, agency: Slash Sports). He started the season at Al-Muharraq in Bahrain Premier League. In 14 games he had 12.9ppg, 12.6rpg, 1.9apg and 2.0bpg this season. Good year as he was named League Player of the Week. The last season Richard played at Obras Basket in Argentinian LigaA where in 31 games he recorded 3.7ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.5bpg. Three years ago (...   [read more]


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Interview with Toni Vujanic - 13 days ago  
Bahrain Premier League round 26 best performance: Marcel Jones (by Interperformances) - 17 days ago  
Premier League Round 26: Al-Ahli is defeated by Al-Manama in a derby game - 18 days ago  
Kabayan tabs Khalil Brown, ex Sitra - 18 days ago  
Jones' double-double lands him Interperformances Player of the Week award - 21 days ago  
Premier League Round 25: Al-Manama defeats Al-Nweidrat in the game between Top 4 teams - 22 days ago  
Antwan Wilkerson (ex Al-Ittihad) agreed terms with FUS Rabat - 23 days ago  
Steven Toyloy's triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - 25 days ago  
Premier League Round 24: Al-Najma beats Al-Ittihad in a derby game - 26 days ago  
John Bohannon (ex Tadamon) joins Al-Ahli - 26 days ago  
Haminn Quaintance's triple-double lands him Interperformances Player of the Week award - 29 days ago  
Adrian Forbes (ex Kagawa FA) is a newcomer at Al-Muharraq - 30 days ago  
Premier League Round 23: No surprise as #1 Al-Manama defeats Al-Bahrain - 30 days ago  
Jones' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - 1 month ago  
Premier League Round 22: Al-Ahli defeats Al-Nweidrat in the game between Top 4 teams - 1 month ago  
Marcel Jones claims Bahrain Premier League Interperformances weekly honour - 1 month ago  
Premier League Round 21: Al-Ahli is upset by Al-Riffa - 1 month ago  
Maks Adam Konate (ex Budivelnyk) agreed terms with Al-Ahli - 1 month ago  
Bahrain Premier League round 20 best performance: Marcel Jones (by Interperformances) - 1 month ago  
Premier League Round 20: No surprise as #1 Al-Manama defeats Sitra - 1 month ago  
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