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IBL Standings
 1 Al Shurtah 15-2 
 2 Al Karkh 15-2 
 3 Al Naft 14-2 
 4 Nift Al-Janoub 11-5 
 5 Al Kahraba 9-7 
 6 Al Mina 7-9 
 7 Al-Tadamoun 6-11 
 8 Zakho 5-11 
 9 Al Hilla 4-12 
 10 Al-Khtot Al-Jawiya 3-13 
 11 AL-Adhamiya 1-16 
Full Standings
Arab Club Championships Standings
Group A
 1 Beirut Club 4-0 
 2 Al Ettehad 3-1 
 3 Al Arabi 2-2 
 4 Al Nasr 1-3 
 5 Al Sadab 0-4 
Group B
 1 ASS Sale 4-0 
 2 Homenetmen 3-1 
 3 Sporting 2-2 
 4 Al Fateh 1-3 
 5 Qalandia 0-4 
Full Standings
WABA Champions Cup Standings
 1 Petrochimi 3-0 
 2 Al Riyadi 2-1 
 3 Sariya 1-2 
 4 Al Jaish 0-3 
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Round 19 (Regular Season)

AL-Adhamiya Feb.23 Al Naft 94%
Al Hilla Feb.22 Al-Khtot Al 54%
Zakho Feb.22 Nift Al-Jano 73%
Al Mina Feb.22 Al Shurtah 75%
Al Karkh 70% Feb.21 Al Kahraba
Interview with coach Asad Alawi of Al Mina - Feb 21, 2018

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Our interview with coach Asad Alawi who is at the helm of Al Mina.

Coach, thank you for having a chat with Eurobasket. Could you please tell us something more about you? Iraqi basketball is still kind of exotic place on basketball map for most of people.

Thank you for having me here. My name is Asad Alawi , head coach of Al Mina club from top division in Iraq. It's been 3 years since I got promoted to head coach of the team, previously I coached youth categories. I know most basketball fans still don't know much or anything about my country. I hope more and more will start thinking about Iraq and basketball in a new way, as big potential and normal country.

How popular is basketball in Iraq among other sports?

I can say basketball keeps gathering more and more attention, has a big potential to be number 2 sport in the country. In my opinion it is already. Football, like all over the wolrd, is out of the competition.

How political and general situation affects sports right now? Is Iraq safe place to live now?

Of course it could be better, but yes - it is safe now. Basra, the city where we are located, is a big city with estimated population of 2,5 milion. Modern and friendly city where sport is very important for the local authorities. We have fantastic new Basra Sports City Complex with huge stadium and other facilities. People here are very nice, tourist and professional athletes from all around the world are kindly welcome.

Lets talk about your team - Al Mina. Last season was not that good for your team, in 2016 you have reached League Final, last year finished at 5th position. What are the expectations for this season?

As I mentioned above, we located in Al Maqal, Basra, and play in the Iraq Top Basketball League. We didn't start this season well, currently in the middle of the standings with 6-8 record with potential to get higher. Our goal is to enter Final Four, which may seem difficult. But we are about to strenght our roster with new signings so ... will see after the season ends.

Last years you regularly play in international cups like Arab Club Champs or WABA. Is this important for you as a coach, to compete with other basketball countries?

Of course. Especially for young local players, they can see where are they in basketball. Also, playing/practising with or against American players is extremely important for them.

Still lots of aspects to catch up, but most important my club wants to learn and participate in such cups. Also for me as I can see how other teams are coached, meet lots of great coaches from other teams/countries. I try to learn from every occasion.

Please imagine the future. Where do you see Iraqi basketball and youself in 5-10 years. Are there any chances to take basketball in your country to another, higher level?

They are always some expectations, but most important is to have good people in federation and clubs. I think right now the future is bright when we take a bigger picture. Of course we are still depending on the politics, unfortunatelly I cannot do anything in this matter.

Thank you and good luck in the reminder of the season.

IBL Round 17: Nift Al-Janoub defeats leader Al Karkh - 5 days ago
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in IBL. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, derby games and favorites losing the games. Here is the last round review presented by ESL. The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Al Karkh (14-2) at the home court on Thursday night. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked Nift Al-Janoub (10-5) 79-76. Nift Al-Janoub maintains f...   [read more]

Hang Tuah tabs Bryquis Perine, ex Al Shurtah - 12 days ago
BRYQUIS PERINE Hang Tuah Sumatra Selatan (IBL) inked 30-year old American guard Bryquis Perine (190-88, college: Green Bay, agency: Promotex). He started the season at Al Shurtah in Iraqi IBL league. The last season Perine played at Tundja Yambol (NBL) in Bulgarian league where in 25 games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 16.2ppg and recorded 2.6rpg, 4.1apg and 1.8spg (in top 5). He is a very experienced player. Perine has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him t...   [read more]

Mighty Sports-PH clinches Dubai semis berth - 13 days ago
Justin Brownlee (197-F-88, college: St.John's) shrugged off injury concerns and Juan Gomez de Liano played stellar as Mighty Sports-Philippines drubbed Al Nift Oil Sports-Iraq, 108-94, to advance to the semifinals of the 30th Dubai Basketball Championship on Thursday night, February 7 (Friday morning, February 8, Manila time). Brownlee, who had a left knee injury scare in his last outing, led Mighty anew with an all-around line of 26 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists in the knockout quarte...   [read more]

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Al Naft welcomes back Demario Mayfield - 5 days ago  
Plaza sign a second USA player, ex Al Karkh - 21 days ago  
IBL Round 15: Nift Al-Janoub loses to Al Naft in the game between Top 4 teams - 25 days ago  
Al Mina adds Kibi to their roster - 27 days ago  
Al Arabi tabs Kevin Galloway, ex Al Riyadi - 29 days ago  
IBL Round 14: Al Naft beats Al Shurtah in a derby game - 1 month ago  
IBL Round 13: Al Kahraba is defeated by Al Shurtah in a derby game - 1 month ago  
Al Karkh adds Freeman to their roster, ex Halifax H. - 1 month ago  
IBL Round 12: No surprise as #1 Al Karkh defeats Al Hilla - 1 month ago  
Al Naft sign a second USA player, Charlie Westbrook ex Miasto Szkla - 1 month ago  
CD Valdivia inks Tracy Robinson, ex Al Shurtah - 1 month ago  
IBL Round 11 of Regular Season - 2 months ago  
IBL Round 10: Leader Al Karkh gets another victory - 2 months ago  
Nift Al-Janoub sign a second USA player, Nigel Grant ex San Salvador - 2 months ago  
IBL Round 9: Al Karkh defeats Al Naft in the game between Top 4 teams - 2 months ago  
IBL Round 8: Al Karkh beats Al Kahraba by two after a very close game - 2 months ago  
Al Shurtah Lands Isaiah Sykes!! - 2 months ago  
IBL Round 7: No surprise as #1 Al Karkh defeats Al-Khtot Al-Jawiya - 2 months ago  
FIBA Arbitral Tribunal: BAT 1176/18 (Beyrouthy v/ Nadi Naft Al-Janoob (South Oil Sports Club)) - 2 months ago  
IBL Round 6: Derby game ends with Al Naft's defeat of Al Kahraba - 2 months ago  
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