Results and Stats from Day 5 in Amman. Lebanon with Gold, Iran clinch second spot - Jun 16, 2012
Iran - Jordan 65:63 Iran gained the crucial win at the WABA Championship in Amman. They held off Jordan in the tournaments finale to seal the Fiba Asia Championship in Tokyo appearance. The teams entered the game tied at 3-1 record and fighting for the only remaining qualifying spot for FIBA Asia Championship in Japan. The teams put up an exciting show with Iran escaping with a narrow win at the end. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) produced 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Jordan stayed in control throughout the first half. The hosts grabbed a 14:13 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the margin to three points at the interval 33:30. But Iran found the resources to turn things around. The visitors denied the deficit and surged in front for a 2-point lead at the final intermission. The teams traded baskets throughout the final frame. Iran delivered when it mattered the most and escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86) posted 11 points, while Rouzbeh Arghavan (213-F/C-88) added 10 in the winning case. Ali Jamal (205-C/F-88) answered with 16 points, 7 boards and 4 steals for Jordan. Mousa Alawadi (188-G-85) had 11 points in the loss.
Palestine - Lebanon 82:75 Palestine made their WABA Championship finale one to remember. They outscored the champions Lebanon to record the second win at the tournament. Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-F/G-87, college: Minnesota) stepped up with 32 points and 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Lebanon who played without their charismatic leader Fadi Khatib led by five points after ten minutes 23:18. Lebanon stretched the margin to 6 points at the interval 38:32. However Palestine changed the complexion of the game in the third stanza. They spurred in front for a 57:55 advantage with one period remaining. Palestine outgunned Lebanon in the fourth frame to seal the victory at the end. Sakakini Sani (204-C-88) had 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Nicola Fadayel (194-F-87) finished with 17 points for Palestine. Nadim Souaid (192-F/G-86) answered with 18 points and 8 boards for Lebanon. Cheikh Hussein El Khatib (186-PG-86) netted 15 points in the loss.
Syria - Yemen 86:73 Syria claimed the second win at the WABA Championship in Jordan. They defeated Yemen to improve at 2-3 record in the fourth place in the ladder. Yemen fell at 0-5 record after the loss. Ahmad Ishak (194-SF-86) provided 17 points for Syria who played without their scoring leading Maadanly. Syria held Yemen to 10 points in the starting quarter to take a 7-point lead. Syria exploded with 31 points in the second frame to maintain the margin. They arrived at the interval up by 7 points 48:41. Syria stayed in control throughout the third term. Yemen scored just 15 points in the period as Syria boosted the gap to 15 points. Yemen finally outscored their opponents in the fourth stanza but could not threaten the margin. Watche Nalabandian (184-PG-83) delivered 15 points, while Hakam Abdullah (198-F-82) added 13 points for the winners. Samer Al-Asbahi (183-G/F-86) answered with game-high 20 points for Yemen. Mohammed Yaeesh (182-PG-93) netted 13 points in the loss.
Results and Stats from Day 3 in Amman - Jun 14, 2012
Lebanon - Iran 74:69 Lebanon recorded the third straight win at the start of WABA Championship in Amman. They held off the defending champions Iran in the third round. Garnett Thompson (206-C/F-80, college: Providence) and Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) scored 26 points each to lead the winners. Iran fell at 2-1 record after the loss. Lebanon surged ahead in the opening quarter. They built a 22:17 lead after ten minutes. But Iran quickly bounced back. The reigning champs took control in the second quarter and denied the deficit. They pulled ahead for a 39:35 halftime advantage. Lebanon came out of the dressing room firing from all guns. They limited Iran 13 points in the third frame to regain the lead. Lebanon kept their opponents at distance in the final stanza as Fadi Khatib and Garnett Thompson steered them to the victory. Rodrigue Akl (188-PG-88) finished with 8 points and 8 rebounds for Lebanon. Hamed Afagh (190-SG-83) answered with 22 points for Iran. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) delivered 15 points in the loss.
Jordan - Yemen 90:37 Jordan posted the third consecutive win at the WABA Championship. The hosts fired past Yemen in Amman. Ali Jamal (205-C/F-88) came up with 17 points to lead the home team. Yemen suffered the third loss in a row. Jordan held their opponents to just 4 points in the opening quarter to take a 15-point lead. Jordan maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They established a 40:17 halftime lead. The hosts went on a massive 28:11 run in the third term to secure an unassailable lead before the final frame. Jordan did not slow down and rolled to the victory at the end. Fadel Al-Najjar (192-G-85) accounted for 14 points, while Ibrahim Bassam (204-C-87) notched 11 points for the winners. Hakim Adamien (205-C-79) answered with 7 points for Yemen. Samer Al-Asbahi (183-G/F-86) and Ahmed Abdulghafor (200-C-88) provided 6 points each in the loss.
Syria - Palestine 77:71 Syria secured the first win at the WABA Championship in Amman. They held off Palestine for 1-2 record. Michel Maadanly (194-G-81) stepped up with another pivotal performance for Syria. He delivered 27 points and 6 rebounds in the win. Syria had to overcome a slow start. Palestine built a 24:19 advantage ten minutes into the game. But Syria answered almost immediately exploding with 22 points in the second quarter and taking a 41:37 halftime lead. Syria stayed aggressive offensively in the third period. They managed to pile up a 6-point lead heading into the fourth frame. The teams slowed down in the final quarter but Syria capitalized protecting the margin and sealing the victory. Watche Nalabandian (184-PG-83) produced 20 points, while Ahmad Ishak (194-SF-86) added 7 points for Syria. Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-F/G-87, college: Minnesota) responded with 18 points for Palestine. Sakakini Sani (204-C-88) had 26 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.
Results and Stats from Day 2 in Amman - Jun 13, 2012
Iran - Palestine 106:52 Iran registered the second straight win at the start of the WABA Championship. They fired past Palestine to improve at 2-0 record. Reza Lotfi (191-G/F-83) notched 19 points for the winners. Iran left their opponents far behind in the opening frame. The defending champions reeled off to a 33:11 start. They unleashed 32 points in the second quarter to establish a 55:23 halftime lead. Palestine managed to slow down their opponents in the third term. Palestine outscored Iran to cut the distance but the reigning champions quickly restored the tempo and cruised to the victory at the end. Hamed Afagh (190-SG-83) knocked down 18 points, while Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) provided 11 points in the victory. Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-F/G-87, college: Minnesota) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Palestine. Nicola Fadayel (194-F-87) and Sakakini Sani (204-C-88) had 8 points each in the loss.
Lebanon - Yemen 109:74 Lebanon celebrated the second win in a row at the WABA Championship. They knocked down Yemen yesterday to stay undefeated. Six players scored in double figures for Lebanon. Nadim Souaid (192-F/G-86) led the effort with 19 points and 13 boards. Fadi Khatib missed the game for personal reasons. Lebanon erupted for 35 points in the opening quarter to clear off. They piled up a 24-point lead at the first intermission. Lebanon maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by 25 points 56:31. Lebanon kept the pressure growing in the third term. They boosted the margin by 11 more points and sealed the victory in the fourth term. Cheikh Hussein El Khatib (186-PG-86) and Elie Estephane (194-G-86, college: Alabama So. CC) produced 18 points each for the winners. Mohammed Yaeesh (182-PG-93) reacted with 17 points for Yemen. Salah Al-Hanbasi (184-G-89) netted 15 points in the loss.
Jordan - Syria 70:60 Jordan stayed on the winning track at the WABA Championship. The hosts claimed the second consecutive win beating Syria in Amman. Ali Jamal (205-C/F-88) came up with 13 points to pace the winners. Syria fell at 0-2 record after the loss. The visitors enjoyed a slightly better start to the game. They grabbed an 18:14 lead ten minutes into the encounter. But Jordan stopped the bleeding and pulled in front for a 36:30 halftime advantage. Jordan dominated in the third quarter. They held their opponents to 8 points and surged ahead for a 17-point lead 55:38. Syria tried desperately to erase the deficit in the fourth but came up short of win at the end. Issa Kamel (194-F/G-83) delivered 10 points for Jordan. Mohammad Shaher (210-C-90) netted 9 points in the victory. Michel Maadanly (194-G-81) answered with game-high 24 points and 9 rebounds for Syria. Abdul Wahab Hamowi (217-C-90) had 18 points and 9 boards in the loss.
Results and Stats from Day 1 in Amman - Jun 12, 2012
Iran - Yemen 85:35 Defending champion Iran secured a confident start to their 12th WABA Championship campaign. They rallied past Yemen in the opener. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) scored 18 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Iran ensured a quick start. They dominated every facet of the game to build a 19:7 lead after ten minutes. Iran maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 42:18 halftime lead. Things hardly changed in the third term. Iran stayed in full control taking a 59:32 advantage into the fourth period. Yemen managed just three points in the final quarter to surrender at the end. Mohammad Aklaghi finished with 15 points, while Hamed Afagh (190-G-83) added 14 points for Iran. Sabri Sadda (89) and Hakim Bris answered with 9 points each for Yemen.
Lebanon - Syria 98:69 Lebanon posted the first win at the 12th WABA Championship in Jordan. They rolled past Syria in the opening game. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) came up with 30 points and 15 rebounds to pace the winners. Lebanon unloaded 27 points in the starting quarter to build a 9-point lead. They maintained the margin throughout the second quarter. Lebanon established a 46:33 halftime advantage. Lebanon increased the tempo in the third term. They knocked down 29 more points to ensure an unassailable 22-point advantage before the fourth quarter. Syria could not recover and had to face inevitability at the end. Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, college: Providence) and Elie Estephane (195-G-86, college: Alabama So. CC) provided 19 points each for the winners. Michel Maadanly (195-G-81) answered with 25 points for Syria. Ahmad Ishak (194-F-86) netted 13 points in the loss.
Jordan - Palestine 87:53 Jordan earned the first win at the 12th WABA Championship. The hosts fired past Palestine in Amman. Mousa Alawadi (188-G-85) delivered 19 points to pace Jordan. The home team gave little hope for their opponents. Jordan surged ahead right from the start and posted a 19:10 lead after ten minutes. They maintained it well throughout the second term. Jordan gained a 38:22 halftime lead. Palestine could not change the complexion of the game after the big break. Jordan exploded with 28 points in the third quarter to pile up a 27-point buffer and never looked back en route to the win. Ali Jamal (205-C/F-88) had 16 points, while Fares Saqf-AlHait (194-G/F-87, college: Calumet) accounted for 12 points in the winning case. Nicola Fadayel (191-F-87) answered with 23 points for Palestine. Ahmad Tina netted 7 points in the loss.
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