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Group 1
 1. Petrochimi 7-1 
 2. Arak 3-3 
 3. Tabriz 3-3 
 4. Kashan 3-5 
 5. Gorgan 1-7 
Group 2
 1. Naft Abadan 6-1 
 2. Azad 5-3 
 3. Chemidor 4-4 
 4. Army 1-5 
 5. Shiraz a.s Pipe 0-1 
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Last:4/25/2017
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 1. Mashad 12-1 
 2. Kerman 12-2 
 3. Dezful 10-4 
 4. Ghatran KG 10-4 
 5. Mahram 8-6 
 6. Omidiyeh 8-6 
 7. Petrochimi II 8-6 
 8. Kurdistan 6-8 
 9. Khorasan 3-3 
 10. Arak 2 3-5 
 11. Mahrooban 3-5 
 12. Naft Abadan 2 3-5 
 13. Isfahan 1-5 
 14. Alborz 1-7 
 15. Arak MS 1-7 
 16. Bushehr 1-7 
 17. Ararat 1-13 
 18. Dmys Minab 1-13 
Last:2/14/2017
WABA League Standings
Group A
 1 Al Riyadi 3-0 
 2 Petrochimi 2-1 
 3 Naft Abadan 1-2 
 4 Seraeyett 0-3 
Group B
 1 Chemidor 2-0 
 2 Sagesse 1-1 
 3 Al Mina 0-2 
Last:3/14/2017
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Points Per Game
 Dominique JONES
  Azad
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 28.4
 1. Jones, Azad28.4 
 2. Cook, Chemidor23.1 
 3. Buljan, Kashan22.5 
 4. Robinson, Petrochimi20.9 
 5. Prince, Azad19.2 
 6. Toncinic, Gorgan18.6 
 7. Hosley, Arak18.4 
 8. Gacesa, Tabriz17.2 
 9. Ogilvy, Azad15.8 
 10. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  Army
  (200-SF-90)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Kazemi, Army11.5 
 2. Ogilvy, Azad10.6 
 3. Buljan, Kashan10.1 
 4. Williams, Tabriz9.1 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan8.8 
 6. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.8.4 
 7. Kardoust, Arak8.3 
 8. Mirzaei, Naft A.7.7 
 9. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.7.5 
 10. Cukinas, Chemidor7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dominique JONES
  Azad
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Jones, Azad5.7 
 2. Robinson, Petrochimi4.3 
 3. Nasajpour, Tabriz4.0 
 4. Davarpanah, Naft A.3.6 
 5. Prince, Azad3.6 
 6. Perkins, Naft A.3.5 
 7. Hosley, Arak3.1 
 8. Davoudi, Arak3.0 
 9. Jamshidi, Petrochimi3.0 
 10. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Arak
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Hosley, Arak2.9 
 2. Kazemi, Army2.7 
 3. Nasajpour, Tabriz2.7 
 4. Prince, Azad2.5 
 5. Davarpanah, Naft A.2.4 
 6. Perkins, Naft A.2.0 
 7. Mashayekhi, Naft A.1.9 
 8. Robinson, Petrochimi1.8 
 9. Afagh, Arak1.8 
 10. Jones, Azad1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Tabriz
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Williams, Tabriz4.1 
 2. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.1.1 
 3. Taherpour, Shiraz a.1.1 
 4. Kardoust, Arak1.0 
 5. Riaie, Chemidor1.0 
 6. Toncinic, Gorgan0.9 
 7. Moradinasab, Gor.0.9 
 8. Ogilvy, Azad0.8 
 9. Soleimani, Kashan0.8 
 10. Yousofvand, Azad0.7 
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Superleague Round 6: Naft Abadan hands first loss to Petrochimi - Dec 5, 2016


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The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, derby games and even winless team recording their first victory.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Petrochimi (5-1) in Bandar Imam on Monday night. Hosts were defeated by Naft Abadan (5-1) 87-82. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Petrochimi. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Petrochimi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international center Meisam Mirzaei (210-92) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. International Mohammad Hassanzadeh (203-90, agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American point guard Gerald Robinson (185-89, college: Georgia) replied with 18 points for Petrochimi. Petrochimi's coach Mehran Shahintab tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Naft Abadan have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Petrochimi and Azad. Naft Abadan is looking forward to face Kashan (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Petrochimi will play against Shahrdari Gorgan (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Tehran. Seventh ranked Chemidor (3-3) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Army (2-4) 73-71 on Monday evening. Lithuanian power forward Povilas Cukinas (210-83) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Javad Davari chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international Arsalan Kazemi (200-90, college: Oregon) with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Chemidor have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Tabriz. Army at the other side dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. They share it with Kashan. Chemidor will play against bottom-ranked Shiraz a.s Pipe (#10) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Army will play against Tabriz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tehran: Azad (#2) and Army (#6). Army was smashed at home by 21 points 58-79 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Joseph Jones notched 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 16 points and 9 rebounds by Arsalan Kazemi did not help to save the game for Army. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Azad (5-1) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Petrochimi and Naft Abadan. Loser Army dropped to the seventh place with four games lost. They share the position with Kashan. Azad will meet Arak (#4) on the road in the next round. Army will play against Tabriz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Shahrdari Gorgan's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after five consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Shiraz, where they defeated Shiraz a.s Pipe (0-6) 79-72. The best player for the winners was Rawle Marshall who scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. Shiraz a.s Pipe's coach Mehdi Davanizadeh let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Shahrdari Gorgan maintains ninth position with 1-5 record. It was Shiraz a.s Pipe's sixth loss in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with six games lost. Shahrdari Gorgan's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Petrochimi in Bandar Imam and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Shiraz a.s Pipe will play on the road against Chemidor (#6) in Tehran and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Kashan was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Arak (4-2) played at the court of 8th ranked Kashan (2-4). Arak defeated Kashan 91-77 on Monday. It was a good game for Asghar Kardoust who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Kashan's coach gave the chance to play for eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Arak maintains fourth position with 4-2 record. Kashan lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh place with four games lost. Arak will face higher ranked Azad (#3) in Tehran in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Kashan will play on the road against the league's leader Naft Abadan (#1) and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 6 Tabriz was smashed by Azad on the road 85-62. Gorgan was destroyed by Chemidor on its own court 59-87.
The most impressive performance of 6th round was 27 points and 6 rebounds by Amir Sedighi of Chemidor.

Shiraz a.s Pipe - Gorgan 72-79

Shahrdari Gorgan's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after five consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Shiraz, where they defeated Shiraz a.s Pipe (0-6) 79-72. The guests were already 17 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 27-17 Shiraz a.s Pipe's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 79-72 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Shiraz a.s Pipe 36-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American-Guyanese Rawle Marshall (201-82, college: Oakland) who scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. Croatian power forward Filip Toncinic (212-84, college: Texas A&M-CC) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Saman Taherpour (203-91) who recorded 19 points and 9 rebounds and forward Hamzeh Aghajari (185-87) added 21 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Shiraz a.s Pipe's coach Mehdi Davanizadeh let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Shahrdari Gorgan maintains ninth position with 1-5 record. It was Shiraz a.s Pipe's sixth loss in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with six games lost. Shahrdari Gorgan's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Petrochimi in Bandar Imam and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Shiraz a.s Pipe will play on the road against Chemidor (#6) in Tehran and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Shiraz a.s Pipe: H.Aghajari 21+3reb+2ast, S.Taherpour 19+9reb+1ast, A.Allahverdi 14+2reb+5ast, R.Ranjbar 10+8reb+3ast, B.Nezafat 4+2reb, M.Rezaei 2
Gorgan: R.Marshall 22+9reb+3ast, F.Toncinic 17+11reb+2ast, K.Ahmadian 14+2reb+1ast, S.Abramian 11+8reb+1ast, M.Shirjang 4+1ast, M.Shahsavand 4+3reb
gschID: 520563


Kashan - Arak 77-91

The game in Kashan was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Arak (4-2) played at the court of 8th ranked Kashan (2-4). Arak defeated Kashan 91-77 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Arak. Kashan was better in second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Arak shot 27 for 39 from the free-throw line, while Kashan only scored eleven points from the stripe. Arak forced 19 Kashan turnovers. Kashan was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for international center Asghar Kardoust (212-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American-Georgian forward Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Four Arak players scored in double figures. Croatian center Zvonko Buljan (206-87, college: TCU) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and Arash Najafi (-77) added 15 points in the effort for Kashan. Kashan's coach gave the chance to play for eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Arak maintains fourth position with 4-2 record. Kashan lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh place with four games lost. Arak will face higher ranked Azad (#3) in Tehran in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Kashan will play on the road against the league's leader Naft Abadan (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kashan: Z.Buljan 16+12reb+1ast, A.Najafi 15+1reb+1ast, M.Salehi-Bozorgi 11+2reb+1ast, M.Shahrian 9+2reb+4ast, M.Soleimani 8+8reb, K.Nourafza 7+4reb+4ast
Arak: Q.Hosley 24+4reb+3ast, A.Kardoust 21+14reb, A.Davoudi 14+5reb+2ast, D.Williams 11+4reb+4ast, H.Afagh 8+2reb+2ast, M.Ojaghi 4+1reb
gschID: 520562


Chemidor - Army 73-71

Important game to mention about took place in Tehran. Seventh ranked Chemidor (3-3) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Army (2-4) 73-71 on Monday evening. Army cut a 14-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. Chemidor made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Lithuanian power forward Povilas Cukinas (210-83) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Javad Davari (185-83) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Chemidor players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international Arsalan Kazemi (200-90, college: Oregon) with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and the former international point guard Farid Aslani (183-88) scored 9 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Chemidor have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Tabriz. Army at the other side dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. They share it with Kashan. Chemidor will play against bottom-ranked Shiraz a.s Pipe (#10) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Army will play against Tabriz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Army: A.Kazemi 22+12reb+4ast, A.Khalilnejad 10+2reb+2ast, S.Foroutannik 9+3reb, F.Aslani 9+6reb+8ast, V.Dalirzahan 7+2reb, M.Torabi 7+5reb+2ast
Chemidor: J.Davari 15+7reb, I.Zandi 15+3reb+2ast, P.Cukinas 13+9reb+1ast, N.Covington 12+1reb+4ast, A.Sedighi 9+9reb+1ast, A.Azari 5+3reb
gschID: 520561


Azad - Tabriz 85-62

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Azad (5-1) crushed 5th ranked Tabriz (3-3) in Tehran 85-62 on Monday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-62. It was a good game for American swingman J.P. Prince (203-87, college: Tennessee) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import power forward Joseph Jones (206-86, college: Texas A&M) contributed with 21 points for the winners. American forward Sean Williams (208-86, college: Boston Coll.) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and Serbian forward Nikola Gacesa (206-87, college: TCU) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Tabriz. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Azad keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Petrochimi and Naft Abadan. Loser Tabriz keeps the fifth place with three games lost. Azad will face Arak (#4) on the road in the next round. Tabriz will play against Army and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tabriz: S.Williams 17+10reb+1ast, N.Gacesa 15+8reb+3ast, R.Shahbaznezhad 10+3reb+1ast, A. Taherkhani 9, S.Pazrofteh 4, M.Falahat 3+1reb+4ast
Azad: J.Prince 21+7reb+4ast, J.Jones 21+2reb+1ast, M.Rasoul 9+2reb+3ast, B.Koochoie 9+1reb+1ast, F.Sabouri 6+4reb, A.Armen Allahverdi 6+1reb
gschID: 520560


Petrochimi - Naft Abadan 82-87

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Petrochimi (5-1) in Bandar Imam on Monday night. Hosts were defeated by Naft Abadan (5-1) 87-82. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Petrochimi. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Petrochimi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international center Meisam Mirzaei (210-92) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. International Mohammad Hassanzadeh (203-90, agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American point guard Gerald Robinson (185-89, college: Georgia) replied with 18 points and his fellow American import swingman James White (201-82, college: Cincinnati, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Petrochimi. Four Naft Abadan and five Petrochimi players scored in double figures. Petrochimi's coach Mehran Shahintab tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Naft Abadan have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Petrochimi and Azad. Naft Abadan is looking forward to face Kashan (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Petrochimi will play against Shahrdari Gorgan (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Petrochimi: G.Robinson 18+4reb+3ast, B.Yakhchali 13+7reb+2ast, J.White 13+10reb+2ast, H.Hosseinzadeh 13+1reb+2ast, M.Jamshidi 12+2reb+1ast, R.Arghavan 8+4reb
Naft Abadan: M.Mirzaei 24+11reb, M.Hassanzadeh 17+5reb+1ast, M.Reza Akbari 12+2reb+1ast, Z.Jovanovic 10+3reb+1ast, S.Mashayekhi 10+4reb+1ast, S.Davarpanah 9+5reb+8ast
gschID: 520559


Army - Azad 58-79

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tehran: Azad (#2) and Army (#6). Army was smashed at home by 21 points 58-79 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The game without a history. Azad led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 21 Army turnovers. American power forward Joseph Jones (206-86, college: Texas A&M) notched 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import swingman J.P. Prince (203-87, college: Tennessee) supported him with 22 points. Four Azad players scored in double figures. Even 16 points and 9 rebounds by the former international Arsalan Kazemi (200-90, college: Oregon) did not help to save the game for Army. The former international Vahid Dalirzahan (199-95) added 18 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Azad (5-1) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Petrochimi and Naft Abadan. Loser Army dropped to the seventh place with four games lost. They share the position with Kashan. Azad will meet Arak (#4) on the road in the next round. Army will play against Tabriz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Army: V.Dalirzahan 18+3reb+1ast, A.Kazemi 16+9reb+1ast, F.Aslani 11+1reb, M.Torabi 9+4reb, M.Sheikhi 2+1ast, A.Khalilnejad 2
Azad: J.Prince 22+2reb+3ast, J.Jones 17+8reb+3ast, A.Baheran 11+3reb+3ast, M.Rasoul 10+2reb+1ast, M.Yousofvand 8+5reb+1ast, A.Armen Allahverdi 5+3reb
gschID: 523050


Gorgan - Chemidor 59-87

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Shahrdari Gorgan (1-5) was smashed at home by seventh ranked Chemidor (3-3) 87-59 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 59-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Chemidor made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Shahrdari Gorgan was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for the former international forward Amir Sedighi (203-93) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 6 rebounds. The former international swingman Iman Zandi (188-81) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four Chemidor players scored in double figures. Chemidor's coach Javad Rahmatipour felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Croatian power forward Filip Toncinic (212-84, college: Texas A&M-CC) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and center Mahdi Moradinasab (202-92) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Shahrdari Gorgan. Chemidor have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Tabriz. Shahrdari Gorgan lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with five games lost. Chemidor will face bottom-ranked Shiraz a.s Pipe (#10) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Shahrdari Gorgan will play against the league's second-placed Petrochimi and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gorgan: F.Toncinic 15+11reb+1ast, M.Moradinasab 10+6reb+2ast, M.Shirjang 10+2reb, M.GhasemZadeh 8+4reb+1ast, S.Abramian 6+4reb, S.Salehiyaneh 5+2reb+1ast
Chemidor: A.Sedighi 27+6reb, I.Zandi 17+3reb+2ast, A.Amini 11+8reb+1ast, D.Derghokasian 10+4reb+1ast, P.Cukinas 9+8reb+3ast, J.Davari 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 523051


  




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