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Middle East
SBL Standings
 1. Al Ahli Jeddah 1-0 
 2. Al Fateh 1-0 
 3. Al Ittihad 1-0 
 4. Al Wehda 1-0 
 5. Uhud 1-0 
 6. Al Ansar 0-1 
 7. Al Hilal 0-1 
 8. Al Nahda 0-1 
 9. Al Nasr 0-1 
 10. Al Salam 0-1 
Full Standings
Division 1 Standings
Group A
 1. Al Noor 1-0 
 2. Al Safa 1-0 
 3. Hajer 1-0 
 4. Al Arabi 0-1 
 5. Al-Taraf 0-1 
 6. Al-Trgee 0-1 
Group B
 1. Abha 1-0 
 2. Al Khaleej 1-0 
 3. Al Kweldeeh 1-0 
 4. Al Hidaya 0-1 
 5. Al Shrooq 0-1 
 6. Mder 0-1 
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 


Next Round Schedule

Round 2 (Regular Season)

Al Nasr Nov.3 Al Hilal 34%
Al Fateh 55% Nov.3 Al Ahli Jedd
Uhud 56% Nov.3 Al Wehda
Al Ittihad 97% Nov.3 Al Nahda
Al Salam Nov.3 Al Ansar 34%
Interview with coach Ali AlSanhani - May 2, 2018

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Alsanhani had a chance to chat with Ali Alsanhani , head coach of Al Ittihad and Saudi Arabia National Team.

Hi Coach, thank you for chatting with us. The season in Saudi Arabia just ended, unexpectedly your team lost in quarterfinals to Al Hilal. What happened? Was this a big disappointment?
Hello, first of all thank you for that opportunity to talk to you. Yes, from one point it was a big disappointment for us. We were back-to-back champions and were looking for three-peat of course. You always want to win. We won first 6 games of the season and then an important player in our rotation got injured and the problem started. It was just before two important games and we lost them. Despite that we ended the first part of the season as second best team in the league and eventually lost to Al Hilal in the quarterfinals.

How would you describe this past season? As you mentioned you started as the defending back-to-back Champions. Were you happy about the pre-season and all transfers your team made?
It is always really tough to defend the title, especially when you are back to back champions. All other teams wanted to beat us. In pre-season we decided not to pay too much for the foreign players so we can balance between import and local players. Our main focus was to pay all the players on time so everybody can show their full commitment in practice. And we kept our goals. Some other teams they usually have budget only on paper, much bigger than ours. I wouldn't feel good to have players waiting for their check. It would eventually affect the team.

Like in most Mid-Asia clubs the imports are these who make the difference. How import players impact local players? Do you see local players improve their game thanks to Americans?
They do a lot! Of course they bring a quality to the team, but on the other hand when some of them get injured or leave the team during the season... it's hard. That's why I always have good and solid local players in my teams. You can have best import players in the league, but with no support from local players ... you don't have a TEAM. And that TEAM is most important.

Now, please tell us something more about you.
I am local coach, born in Saudi Arabia. I have coached in many different teams so far, each campaign ment a lot for me. I am National Team coach second year, plus in the past I have coached some youth categories. I always work hard and I really think every team I coach shows what I am trying to do and teach them.

Next week your are going to play in GCC cup. When does your contract with Al Ittihad expire? Any plans for the next season?
GCC is the last competition when I will be the head coach of Al Ittihad. My contract expires in December. I am a professionalist, I do not think about the next season, GCC is my focus right now. After the tournament I will decide about my club future. In summer we will have a lot of work with National Team preparing for the World Cup 2019 qualifications.

Where do you see yourself in the future. Let say in 2-3 years.
I am still learning and one is sure - I will be in basketball. I try not to thing too much about the future, I leave all of that for God. Now I am focus on GCC and to help my country to show their best in World Cup qualifiers.

Coach, it was a pleasure to talk to you. Good luck at GCC tournament and Workd Cup qualifiers and hope you talk to you soon!   

Wayne Chism
Bahrainis outclass Saudis - 10 days ago
BAHRAIN outclassed Saudi Arabia 75-68 last night to register a winning start to their campaign in the 23rd Arab Men's Basketball Championship in Cairo. Naturalised big man Wayne Chism (206-PF-87, college: Tennessee) and talented young guard Mustafa Hussain both came up with big baskets down the stretch to help the Bahrainis come away with the win. With the nationals leading 64-63 and with only five minutes to go in the contest, Hussain and Chism combined to score the next 11 points to sea...   [read more]

Al Fateh signs Falando Jones, ex Hang Tuah - 20 days ago
Al Fateh Al Hasa (SBL) signed 28-year old American guard Falando Jones (193-90kg-90, college: Mississippi Valley State). He is the second import player in the roster as Serbian Danilo Mitrovic signed here earlier. Jones played last summer at Hang Tuah in Indonesian IBL league. In 7 games he had very impressive stats: 25.7ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg in 2017 season. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Jones' team was regular season runner-up in Finnish 1st Div...   [read more]

Mitrovic re-signs at Al Fateh - 20 days ago
DANILO MITROVIC Al Fateh Al Hasa (SBL) confirmed in their roster experienced 34-year old Serbian forward Danilo Mitrovic (209-102kg-84). He has played there for the last two seasons. Mitrovic helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. A very impressive season as he was voted All-Saudi Arabian SBL Forward of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team. The previous (16-17) season he played at Wydad Athletic Club Casablanca (D1) in Morocc...   [read more]

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