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Manama fall to Al Shabab - May 17, 2017

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Sammy Monroe
MANAMA bowed to Al Shabab of the UAE 93-102 last night to close out the group stage in the 37th GCC Clubs Basketball Championships being played in Bahrain. American professional Sammy Monroe (198-F-85, college: Newberry) scored a game-high 31 points to spearhead the Emiratis to their third successive victory. The win earned them first place in group 'A' heading into the tournament's next round. Also yesterday, Al Ittihad of Saudi Arabia defeated Al Sadd of Qatar 82-69; while Al Rayyan of Qatar beat Al Ettifaq of Oman 96-81. The second phase takes place today at Zain Basketball Arena in Um Al Hassam. It will be a knockout stage, with the top-placed teams from each group playing the fourth-ranked teams, plus the second-ranked teams facing the third-ranked squads, from their opposing group. Group 'A' winners Shabab, therefore, take on Group 'B' bottom-placed Sadd. Manama face off with Ittihad, Bahrain's Al Ahli face off with Rayyan and defending champions Al Ahli of the UAE play Ettifaq. Following these knockout games, the winners move on to the semi-finals scheduled for Friday, while the game for third place and tournament final will both be held on Saturday. In Manama's disappointing loss, Shabab were the early aggressors and they took a commanding 27-17 lead after the first quarter. Manama tried to fight back and got to within six before the half, 33-39, but Shabab were on their game and the UAE side took a 49-40 advantage into the interval. Things got worse for Manama when court general Ahmed Abdulaziz was ejected from the game in the third quarter. Still, they continued to fight and caught a break of their own when Shabab's other American professional Tyler Wilkerson was himself disqualified from the game. Manama continued to search for a way back, but every time they would threaten, Shabab had an answer and it was oftentimes Monroe who was delivering the goods. Monroe had an all-around effort and nearly came away with a triple-double having finished with eight rebounds and eight assists. Husain Ahmed chipped in with 19 including an impressive five-of-six from beyond the three-point line. Wilkerson finished with 16 before his ejection, while Rashed Alzaabi chipped in with 14 and Khalifa Salem had 10 coming off the bench. Manama suffered their first loss in the tournament. Hussain Mohammed (PG) paced the Bahrainis with 27 points while Georgian professional Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83, agency: Interperformances) finished with 23. Bahamas import Kadeem Coleby added another 19 points as the team's only other player in double-figures.
Meanwhile, Rayyan managed to claim their first win led by Mohamed Hassan, who scored 25 points, and Abdelrahman Abdelhaleem, who chipped in with 20. Both players buried four triples apiece in the game. American-Nigerian Robert Anshila led Ettifaq with 30 points in the losing effort.
In Ittihad's victory over Sadd, Mathna Almarwani led the winners with 23 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Mohammed Almarwani contributed 16 points and nine rebounds while Quintrell Thomas has 16 points and 12 rebounds. Joshua Dollard (203-F-86, college: Auburn) also had a great game with 13 points and 17 rebounds for Ittihad. Ken Brown (180-PG-89, college: Philander Smith, agency: Octagon Europe) led all scorers with 30 points for Sadd while Greek Stavros Toutziarakis (210-C-87, agency: Octagon Europe) had a monster game of 25 points and 20 rebounds. Unfortunately, they could make use of only five players the entire game.

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