Al Rayyan wins QBF League with 13-1 record. The team won 13 games in a row and lost only in the last round. Al Gharafa handed Al Rayyan their first defeat of the season via 78:69 result. They finished on the third place with 9-5 record. Al Sadd is second with 11-3 record.
Al Arabi lift Heir Apparent Cup in thrilling finale - Mar 24, 2012
By Danotzki Santos /Doha
The victorious Al Arabi team pose with Qatar Basketball Federation president Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman al-Thani (third right, front row) after beating El Jaish 76-73 in the final of the Heir Apparent Cup yesterday. At bottom, a tense moment in the match Mansour Elhadary spearheaded an 8-2 assault in the final two minutes of the game to lead Al Arabi to a come-from-behind 76-73 victory over El Jaish (Army) last night at the Al Gharafa Indoor Arena and conquer their second HH Heir Apparent championship since 2007. Trailing 68-71 and time not on their side, Elhadary took over from the hurting Jalloh Abdullah and scattered 7 of Arabis last points including the game clinching two charity shots to seal the win. Al Arabi led 10-9 early in the game with Abdullah taking charge but El Jaish tightened their defense and put on a 9-0 run behind tournament Most Valuable Player Baker Mohammed who pushed Army to an 18-14 advantage at the end of the first period. Baker pursued the attack and kept his team soaring ahead 27-17 midway in the second period but fell into foul trouble forcing Coach Erik Rashad to rest his ace gunner. With Baker and Fadi Abilmona on the bench, Al Arabi unleashed a 15-2 barrage to regain the lead before halftime break.
Both squads fought tooth and nail in the third period and while without the prolific tandem of Fadi and Baker on the floor, Al Arabi fell behind 49-56 before closing the gap 53-56 entering the final period. William Byrd waxed hot early in the final quarter, combining with Mansour to give Al Arabi a seemingly comfortable lead, 68-63, with 4:30 in the game clock. All seemed lost at this point for Coach Rashad as Baker left the game after committing his fifth foul until Aleoni Se took charge and scattered 6 consecutive points to push El Jaish back in the drivers seat, 71-68. But Al Arabi would not be denied this chance for the championship, and Mansour like a wounded warrior upped his game three notches higher in the endgame to map out an 8-2 assault that gave Coach Hatem Malouk and his team their second HAC title in five years. Courtesy of: gulf-times.com
Sadd clinch Emir Cup title - Apr 20, 2012
Sadd - Rayyan 81:56
Sadd clinched the Emir Cup title. They overcame Rayyan in the Final tonight. Abdulrahman Saad (192-F/G-85) scored 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the winners. Sadd cleared off late in the opening frame. They piled up a 21:13 lead ten minutes into the game. Sadd maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They ensured a comfortable 44:27 buffer at the interval. The margin just kept on growing in the third frame. Sadd established a 64:43 buffer heading into the fourth term. Rayyan did not stand a chance in the fourth quarter as Sadd cruised to the victory. Michael Southall (210-C-82, college: La-Lafayette) delivered 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Djibril Thiam (208-F-86, college: Wyoming) added 14 points for the winners. Erfan Ali (198-PF-83) answered with 15 points for Rayyan. Chauncey Leslie (183-G-81, college: Iowa) provided 12 points in defeat.
Al Rayyan won 32nd GCC Clubs Basketball Championship - May 11, 2012
Al Rayyan won 32nd GCC Clubs Basketball Championship leaving no chances for Al-Hala. The team from Qatar beat the home side of the tournament 89:61. Zain Bahrain Basketball Arena in Umm al Hassam desired to see Al Halas first title in the history of GCC Club Basketball Champions. Al Rayyan however started with 28-17 and never looked behind in the game. The team from Qatar added 24-12 in the second period and went for the 52:29 half-time scoreline. Al Rayyan kept the pressure on to take their lead out to 72:40 with ten minutes remaining. Nothing had changed in the last stanza as Al Rayyan won the game. The team remained undefeated in the tournament and deserved to be called the winners of the GCC title for a fifth time. Rayyan thus share the top place in the roll of honor with Saudi Arabian clubs Uhud and Al Ittihad all having won the title five times each.
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