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Group A

1.Saba Batri 4-0
2.La Sagesse 3-1
3.San Miguel 2-2
4. Tobol 1-3
5. I. Cagers 0-3

Group B

1. Al Rayyan 4-0
2. Fastlink 3-1
3. Al Kuwait 2-2
4. Army 1-3
5. Al Sharjah 0-3

Al Rayyan of Qatar Wins The 16th FedEx FIBA-Asia Champions Cup (photo by A. Servinio)
Al Rayyan 2005





Al Fahd
No Name CM Pos Bo NAT


Day Todd 202 G/F 70


Pasco Pervis 206 F/C 81


Saeed Erfan Ali 198 F 83


Abdulla M. 200 C 82


Ismail Yaseen 205 F 80


Salman Salah Ateeq   F  


Al Hajr K.   F  


Al Abdullah M.      


Salem Omer Abdgader 205 C 83


Al Fahd K. 175 G 80


Abdi Khalid Sliman      

QUEZON City  -  Al Rayyan of Qatar claimed the 16th FedEx FIBA-Asia Champions Cup, the second in club history by thumping a gritty Fastlink of Jordan, 83-76, Sunday night (June 5) at the Araneta Coliseum.  Al Rayyan remained spotless in the weeklong tournament emerging victorious in all its seven games.

The day belonged to Todd Day as he went on fire in the first half, unloading 24 points and at some points outscoring the whole Fastlink squad.  Playing with an injured finger, Yaseen Ismail Mahmoud capped the first half with one his patented thundering dunks to push Al Rayyan further ahead, 45-36.

Suddenly, Sam Dahglas pumped in 11 points in a key 17-8 run to begin the final period and give Fastlink the lead for the first time, 71-69, and 3:25 to go.  With the score tied at 73-73, Saad Abdulrahman Ali fired a big triple to put Al Rayyan on top for good at the 1:12 mark, 76-73.  Erfan Ali Saeed then put the exclamation point with a strong two-handed dunk with 30 seconds left, 79-73.  Free throws settled the final tally after which Al Rayyan celebrated by dousing Coach James Angeli and everyone on and near their bench with water.

 Day finished with a total of 30 points in a no-relief 40-minute job.  Saeed followed with 18 points and 15 rebounds while Pervis Pasco added 17 points and 10 rebounds.  Scotty Thurman paced Fastlink with 22 points while Ayman Deis added 18 points and 10 rebounds.

After the game, the tournament’s individual and team awards were held.  Fadi El Khatib took home the FedEx Most Valuable Player Award and was joined the All-Tournament Team by Ali and Saeed of Al Rayyan, Enver Shwabzooka of Fastlink and Romel Adducul of San Miguel Beer.  Deis won as the Accel Best Rebounder while Sambhaji Kadam of the Indian Cagers got the nod as the Air21 Best Passer.
Al Rayyan won its other Champions Cup in 2002 in Kuala Lumpur.  The 17th FIBA-Asia Champions Cup will be hosted by Kuwait next year.
AL RAYYAN (83)  -  Day 30, Saeed 18, Pasco 17, Mahmoud 8, Ali 7, Abdi 3, Abdulla 0.
FASTLINK (76)  -  Thurman 22, Deis 18, Dahglas 14, Bassam 8, Shwabzooka 8, Lett 5, Ireifej 1, Hamdam 0.
Period Scores: 24-20, 45-36, 61-54, 83-76.

La Sagesse d. Saba Battery, 74-71
Dethroned champion La Sagesse of Lebanon took Third Place over Saba Battery of Iran, 74-71, in a game with a bizarre ending.  Trailing by six points entering the final period, the Lebanese slowly climbed back with Elie Mechantaf scoring the go-ahead basket with a minute to play, 72-71.  Suddenly, Saba failed to score with Fadi El Khatib banging in another basket to seal the outcome for Lebanon.  After the buzzer, Saba players and officials charged at FIBA referee Ho Kok Yew of Malaysia complaining about the latter’s non-calls during the final minute.  Cooler heads prevailed before the situation went out of hand.

El Khatib and Mechantaf led La Sagesse with 21 and 18 markers respectively.  Andre Pitts led all scorers with 30 points followed by Aydin Bahrami and Lorenzo Hall with eight each.
LA SAGESSE (74)  -  El Khatib 21, Mechantaf 18, Howard 17, Satterfield 16, Ghatass 2, Chibani 0, Balaa 0.
SABA BATTERY (71)  -  Pitts 30, Bahrami 8, Hall 8, Honardoust 6, Rouzbahani 6, Afradi 5, Nikkahbahrami 4, Eslamieh 3, Kamrani 1, Jamshidvand 0, Sohrabnejad 0.

 San Miguel Beer d. Al Kuwait, 96-84
Host San Miguel Beer gave the fans something to cheer about as they salvaged Fifth Place over Army of Syria.  This was the best finish by the Philippines since Tanduay Gold finished fifth in 1997 and the best by an All-Filipino team since Swift’s won the title in 1988.
Mark Caguioa led San Miguel with 14 points followed by Jimmy Alapag and Romel Adducul with 13 markers each.  Osamah Mubark topped Al Kuwait with 18 points while Chudney Grey and Yahee Albhar both added 17 points.

SAN MIGUEL BEER (96)  -  Caguioa 14, Alapag 13, Adducul 13, Belasco 11, Hontiveros 9, Ritualo 9, Miller 8, dela Cruz 7, Villanueva 6, Reavis 6, de Ocampo 0, Thoss 0.

 AL KUWAIT (84)  -  Mubarak 18, Grey 17, Albhar 17, Al Mutairi 13, Watkins 11, Shuaib 3, K Alyayuh 3, Alenezi 2, Boftein 0.

Period Scores: 21-15, 42-40, 69-61, 96-84.

Army d. Tobol, 77-71
The day’s curtain raiser saw Army of Syria taking Seventh Place by whipping Tobol of Kazakhstan, 77-71.
John Carter topped Army with 16 while Tony Rutland and Radwan Hasaballah chipped in 15 each. 
Sergey Vdovin
led Tobol with 23 points and 15 rebounds while Jarov Khussazhan added 14.
ARMY (77)  -  Carter 16, Rutland 15, Abdullah 15, Hasaballah 13, Alkatib 12, Knefati 3, Hammouch 3, Sindeed 0, Alrifaei 0, Almadni 0.
TOBOL (71)  -  Vdovin 23, Khussazhan 14, Derbush 10, Gasrshin 9, Gellert 7, Kasantsev 5, Biryulin 3, Lashco 0.

Period Scores: 20-16, 34-37, 57-57, 77-71

Ayman Dies

  16th FedEx Champions Cup Day Seven
ANTIPOLO City  -  The championship cast is complete and the stage is set for tomorrow’s grand finale of the 16th FedEx FIBA-Asia Champions Cup at the Ynares Center.  The kings have lost their throne while the local boys did their best to keep their loyal fans happy.  Action returns today to the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

San Miguel Beer d. Army, 73-57
A day after failing to make the semifinals, host San Miguel Beer wasted no time in recovering its bearings to blast Army of Syria, 73-57.  From a shaky start, the Filipinos settled down and slowly pulled away with minimal resistance from the Syrians.

Willie Miller and Romel Adducul paced San Miguel with 14 points each.  John Carter led Army with 20 points followed by Al Hakam Abdullah with 12.

SAN MIGUEL BEER (73)  -  Miller 14, Adducul 14, Villanueva 11, dela Cruz 7, Ritualo 6, Thoss 6, Hontiveros 5, Reavis 4, Caguioa 2, Belasco 2, de Ocampo 2, Alapag 0.

ARMY (57)  -  Carter 20, Abdullah 12, Hasaballah 7, Rutland 6, Alkatib 4, Sindeed 4, Al Shatti 2, Al Rifaei 2, Knefati 0.

Period Scores: 19-16, 34-34, 54-39, 73-57.

Al Kuwait d. Tobol, 96-87
Al Kuwait arranged a showdown with host San Miguel Beer for Fifth Place by beating Tobol of Kazakhstan, 96-87.  The Kazakhs suffered a big blow when their top point guard Timur Sultanov had to leave the game for good due to a knee injury in the first period.  With Sultanov gone, Al Kuwait capitalized on their foes’ errors to clinch the victory.

Chudney Grey led Al Kuwait with 20 points and 12 assists followed by Osamah Mubarak with 16.  Sergey Vdovin led Tobol with 20 points and 10 rebounds followed by Jarov Khussazhan with 15.

AL KUWAIT (96)  -  Grey 20, Mubarak 16, A Shuaib 15, Watkins 15, Alinezi 13, K Alyayuh 7, Alhayyan 4, Albhar 3, H Shuaib 2, Boftein 1, F Alyayuh 0.

TOBOL (87)  -  Vdovin 20, Khusassazhan 15, Shpekht 11, Ponomaryov 9, Derbush 8, Kasantsev 8, Lashco 6, Garshin 5, Biryulin 5, Sultanov 0, Gellert 0.

Period Scores: 27-23, 54-38, 76-62, 96-87.
Fastlink d. Saba Battery, 74-69
Fastlink of Jordan claimed the first finals spot by handing Saba Battery of Iran its first and bitterest loss of the tournament, 74-69.  With Saba trailing by six entering the final two minutes, Andre Pitts clustered five straight points to threaten with1:07 to go, 66-67.  Ayman Dies then doused the rally by canning a triple in the next play, 70-66.  The Iranians then failed to score, with Scotty Thurman and Francis Ireifej icing the game from the free throw line.

Thurman led Fastlink with 23 points while Deis added 17 points and 17 rebounds.  Pitts topped Saba with 28 points followed by Mehdi Kamrani with17.

FASTLINK (74)  -  Thurman 23, Dies 17, Swabzooka 16, Lett 11. Ireifej 5, Dahglas 2.

SABA BATTERY (69)  -  Pitts 28, Kamrani 17, Nikkahbarahmi 9, Hall 8, Eslamieh 5, Sohrabnejad 3, Jamshidvand 1, Honardoust 0, Bahrami 0, Rouzbahani 0, Alfradi 0.

Period Scores: 17-17, 38-32, 60-50, 74-69.

Al Rayyan d. La Sagesse, 87-84 (OT)

Todd Day hit a triple at the buzzer to tow Al Rayyan of Qatar into the Finals of the Champions Cup at the expense of defending champion La Sagesse of Lebanon, 87-84.  Earlier, Day blocked a driving Kenny Satterfield to force the overtime, 81-81.  Al Rayyan went on a 13-0 run to begin the third period, 54-45.  Satterfield and Stephen Howard slowly rallied Sagesse back in the contest, only to fall short in the overtime.  Al Rayyan remains the only undefeated team in the tournament.

Day finished with 26 points while Efran Ali Saeed chipped in 20.  Satterfield paced La Sagesse with 31 points followed by Fadi El Khatib with 20.

AL RAYYAN (87)  -  Day 26, Saeed 20, Mahmoud 12, Pasco 12, Ali 10, S Abdulla 5, Adbi 2,

LA SAGESSE (84)  -  Satterfield 31, El Khatib 20, Howard 14, P Khoury 9, Balaa 5, Mechantaf 5, S Khoury 0.

Period Scores: 20-22, 41-55, 63-59, 81-81 (reg.), 87-84 (OT).


  16th FedEx Champions Cup Day Six
ANTIPOLO City  -  The favored squads marched into the semifinals of the 16th FedEx FIBA-Asia Champions Cup Friday (June 3) at the Ynares Center.  True to form, all teams upped their game since it meant no tomorrow for the losers.
Indian Cagers d. Al Sharjah, 92-82
The Indian Cagers salvaged some pride by trouncing Al Sharjah of the United Arab Emirates, 92-82, for their first win in the tournament and in the process claim Ninth Place.  Al Sharjah was greatly affected by their management’s decision to fire their two imports two days earlier.

Robin Robinson had a double-double with 29 points and 17 rebounds.  Riyazuddin backed him up with 24 points.  Ibrahim Abdulla led Al Sharjah with 27 points followed by Ayoub Abbas with 24.
INDIAN CAGERS (92)  -  Robinson 29, Riyazuddin 24, Rai 16, Y Singh 11, Shenoy 7, Shiukumar 3, Kadam 2, T Singh 0, Thomas 0, Ahmed 0.
AL SHARJAH (82)  -  Abdulla 27, Abbas 21, Farhan 16, Mohd 15, Ghuloum 3, Sanqour 0, Mahmoud 0, Ahmed 0.
Period Scores: 24-27, 49-43, 60-57, 92-82.
Saba Battery d. Army, 76-65
Saba Battery of Iran stayed undefeated by eliminating Army of Syria, 76-65.  The Iranians hardly missed the services of Andre Pitts who preferred to rest an injury incurred in their previous game.
  Hamed Eslamech and Aydin Bahrami showed the way for Saba with 15 points each.  As usual, John Carter and Tony Rutland bore the load for Syria with 21 and 19 markers respectively.
SABA BATTERY (76)  -  Eslamech 15, Bahrami 15, Nikkahbahrami 9, Kahmrani 9, Alfradi 9, Hall 8, Sohrabnejad 4, Rouzbahani 3, Honardoust 2, Jamshidvand 1, Verse 1.
ARMY (65)  -  Carter 21, Rutland 19, Shatti 9, Alrifaei 2, Knefati 7, Hasaballah 5, Abdullah 2, Alkatib 0, Almadni 0, Hammouch 0.
Period Scores: 13-16, 41-31, 60-53, 76-65.
Al Rayyan d. Tobol, 89-82
Not ready to take a chance, Al Rayyan star Yaseen Ismail Mahmoud suited up despite an injured finger.  Tobol raced to a 30-25 lead after one period but Al Rayyan inched back capped by a buzzer-beating heave by Todd Day from close to the half-court line and tie the score entering the second half, 47-47. With the momentum on their side, Al Rayyan went on a 17-0 tear to begin the second half, 64-57.  Aleksandr Garshin tried his best to rally Tobol but the rally came a bit late.

Day paced Al Rayyan with 24 points followed by Erfan Ali Saeed with 23 points and 10 rebounds.  Sergey Vdovin led Tobol with 23 points while Garshin finished with 18.
AL RAYYAN (89)  -  Day 24, Saeed 23, Pasco 14, Ali 12, Mahmoud 8, Abdi 5, Abdulla 3, Salman 0.
TOBOL (82)  -  Vdovin 24, Garshin 18, Sultanov 10, Lashco 10, Ponomarynov 8, Biryulin 7, Kasantsev 4, Derbush 2, Gellert 0, Khussazhan 0.
Period Scores: 25-30, 47-47, 69-60, 89-82.
La Sagesse d. Al Kuwait, 95-92
Al Kuwait pounced early on a visibly tired defending champion La Sagesse of Lebanon, controlling the first three and a half periods.  Waking up just in time, the deadly trio of Kenny Satterfield, Elie Mechantaf and Fadi El Khatib conspired to give back the lead to Sagesse midway through the final period.  Kuwait tried to bounce back, with Yahee Albhar sinking a triple to threaten at the 37-second mark, 91-93.  In the ensuing play, El Katib almost turned goat as he was called for an offensive foul.  But Stephen Howard saved the day by swatting away with authority the strong drive of Chudney Grey.  Satterfield grabbed the loose ball and was quickly fouled, sinking both his shots to give La Sagesse breathing room, 95-91, and five seconds to play.  Kuwait’s Jameel Watkins was then fouled, splitting his free throws for the final count.

El Katib had a monster game with 34 points and 12 rebounds.  Satterfield added 26.  Grey led Al Kuwait with 27 points followed by Osamah Mubarak with 17 points.
LA SAGESSE (95)  -  El Katib 34, Satterfield 26, Mechantaf 13, P Khoury 10, Howard 9, Chibani 2, Balaa 1, Ghatass 0, S Khoury 0.
AL KUWAIT (92)  -  Grey 27, Mubarak 17, Albhar 16, Al Mutairi 16, Watkins 14, Alenezi 2, F Alyayuh 0, Boftein 0.
Period Scores: 18-21, 38-46, 65-68, 95-92.

Fastlink d. San Miguel Beer, 86-83

Host San Miguel Beer bowed to Fastlink of Jordan, their third straight loss and dashed all hopes of winning the Champions Cup.  Anthony dela Cruz missed a triple with three seconds on the clock that could have tied the game and forced overtime.  It was a tough climb for the Filipinos, who used a 17-4 run late in the final period to get back into the contest, 81-86.  Jimmy Alapag then threatened with a basket at the 24-second mark, 83-86.  Florendo Ritualo quickly fouled Sam Dahglas, who missed both his free throws.  The Filipinos grabbed the defensive rebound but bungled the final play of the game.

Fastlink Coach Maz Trakh fielded only six players and the ploy worked with Scotty Thurman leading all scorers with 28 and Ayman Deis with 15.  Ritualo banged in six triples en route to 21 points.  Alapag and Mark Caguioa chipped in 13 points each.
FASTLINK (86)  -  Thurman 28, Deis 15, Shwabzoka 14, Dahglas 14, Lett 11, Ireifej 8,
SAN MIGUEL BEER (83)  -  Ritualo 21, Alapag 13, Belasco 12, Caguioa 13, Villanueva 6, Adducul 6, de Ocampo 4, dela Cruz 3, Reavis 2, Thoss 2, Miller 1.
Period Scores: 18-24, 39-38, 71-59, 86-83.

  16th FedEx Champions Cup Day Five
ANTIPOLO City  -  The 16th FedEx FIBA-Asia Champions Cup moved out of Metro Manila for the first time Thursday (June 2) with action shifting to the Ynares Center located in the hills east of the capital city.  The day’s matches decided the pairings for today’s quarterfinal round.

Tobol d. Indian Cagers, 76-68Al Rayyan d. Fastlink, 92-56Army d. Al Sharjah, 75-63La Sagesse d. San Miguel Beer, 100-90
San Miguel center Enrico Villanueva was ejected in the third period after fighting with La Sagesse’s Stephen Howard.  A fallen Howard launched a kick but Villanueva grabbed his foot dragged Howard across the floor like a mop.  Still, the defending champion Lebanese parried torrid rallies by the Filipinos to claim the second spot in Group A.  San Miguel evened its record at 2-2.

Fadi Khatib

  16th FedEx Champions Cup Day Four
QUEZON City  -  Action in the 16th FedEx FIBA-Asia Champions Cup returned to the Araneta Coliseum Wednesday (June 1).  As usual, the Filipino fans were treated to quality games from Asia’s top clubs but left a little disappointed after their home side lost for the first time.  In a slight change of schedule, the next three playing dates will be at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.  The finale on Sunday will still be at the Araneta.

 Al Kuwait d. Al Sharjah, 81-74
Al Kuwait turned to prolific guards Chudney Gray and Osamah Mubarak to key the team’s explosion in the second period that saw them raise their lead from two points at the close of the first period to 17 by halftime, 43-26, over the suddenly import-less Al Sharjah of the United Arab Emirates.  Geremy Robinson and Antoine Hyman were mysteriously missing from the bench.  Gray and Mubarak then fought of repeated attempts by Al Sharjah to come back, to level their win-loss card at 2-2 and keep Al Sharjah winless in three starts.

Gray finished with 25 points while Mubarak added 21 points and 11 rebounds.  Ibrahim Abdulla paced Al Sharjah with 21 points followed by Salem Mubarak with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
AL KUWAIT (81)  -  Gray 25, Mubarak 21, Al Mutairi 11, Watkins 7, Alenezi 6, K Alyayuh 2, F Alyayuh 0, Boftein 0, Allhayyah 0, A Shuaib 0, H Shuaib 0.
AL SHARJAH (74)  -  I Abdulla 21, Mohd 12, Mater 11, Ahmed 8, Sanqour 7, Farhan 7, Abbas 6, Ghuloum 2, Mahmoud 0, A Abdulla 0.
Period Scores: 19-17, 43-26, 64-53, 81-74.
Al Rayyan d. Army, 79-54
Al Rayyan of Qatar continued its rampage by polishing off Army of Syria, 79-54.  The Qataris limited the Syrians to only five points in the second period to run away at the half, 51-18.  From there, it was easy sailing for the 2002 Champions Cup winners as they aim for a second title this year.

Todd Day and Khalid Sliman Abdi led the way for Al Rayyan with 16 markers apiece.  Tony Rutland led Army as the lone twin-digit scorer with 15 points followed by Al Hakam Abdullah with nine points.
AL RAYYAN (79)  -  Day 16, Abdi 16, Pasco 13, Ali 12, S Abdulla 12, Saeed 7, Salman 3, Al Abdulla 0, Al Hajri 0., Salem 0.
ARMY (54)  -  Rutland 15, Abdullah 9, Knefati 8, Sindeed 5, Hasaballah 5, Carter 5, Alkatib 3, Al Shatti 3, Hammouch 1, Alrifaei 0.
Period Scores: 24-13, 51-18, 66-38, 79-54.
La Sagesse d. Tobol, 94-75
Defending champion La Sagesse of Lebanon showed no mercy in toppling Tobol of Kazakhstan, 94-75.  The champs simply outclassed the Kazakhs, still opted to play their starters despite the outcome having been long decided.

Fadi Al Khatib sizzled with 30 points to top La Sagesse followed by Stephen Howard with 22 points and 13 rebounds.  Andrey Shpekht had 29 markers and Sergey Vdovin 17 points and 12 rebounds as Tobol stayed winless.
LA SAGESSE (94)  -  Al Khatib 30, Howard 22, Satterfield 19, Mechantaf 13, P Khoury 6, Balaa 4, Chibani 0, Gatass 0.
TOBOL (75)  -  Shpekht 29, Vdovin 17, Jarov 13, Garshin 12, Derbush 2, Gellert 2, Sultanov 0, Biryulin 0.
Period Scores: 22-10, 41-36, 69-52, 94-75.
Saba Battery d. San Miguel Beer, 85-75
Saba Battery of Iran humbled host San Miguel Beer, 85-75, to sweep Group A and assured the Iranians of good seeding come Saturday’s quarterfinal round.  The Iranians led all the way, allowing the Filipinos to only deadlock the score twice early in the first half.  The Iranians used their height advantage to out-rebound the Filipinos, resulting in fast breaks that translated into an 11-4 fast break points-advantage for Iran.

Andre Pitts submitted 24 points before falling to cramps with five minutes to play.  That was enough as Lorenzo Hall supported him with 17 points and 10 rebounds while Mohammad Nikkahbahrami also had 17 points.  Team captain Donaldo Hontiveros led the Filipinos’ charge with 22 points, followed by Romel Adducul with 19 points.

SABA BATTERY (85)  -  Pitts 24, Nikkahbahrami 17, Hall 17, Veisi 7, Jamshidvand 6, Rouzbahani 6, Eslamieh 5, Honardoust 3, Baharami 0, Afradi 0.
SAN MIGUEL BEER (75)  -  Hontiveros 22, Adducul 19, dela Cruz 11, Caguioa 8, Miller 5, Belasco 4, Ritualo 3, Alapag 1, Villanueva 1, Reavis 1, de Ocampo 0, Thoss 0.
Period Scores: 19-14, 35-34, 59-55, 85-75.

  16th FedEx Champions Cup Day Three

Todd Day

PASAY City  -  Blowouts were the order of the fourth day as action in the 16th FedEx FIBA-Asia Champions Cup shifted to the Cuneta Astrodome.
Al Rayyan d. Al Kuwait, 84-60
With Yaseen Ismail Mahmoud out for the tournament, Al Rayyan of Qatar rallied around their fallen leader and vented their ire on hapless Al Kuwait, 84-60.  The score was tied after the first half, 34-34, and Qataris upped their game in the second half to pull away slowly.  By the final period, scrub time set in as the role players finished the job.
 Todd Day powered the rout with 24 points followed by Erfan Ali Saeed with 16 points and 10 rebounds.  Chudney Gray was the lone Al Kuwait player in twin digits with 30 markers.
AL RAYYAN (84)  -  Day 24, Saeed 16, Abdi 12, Pasco 11, Rahman Ali 8, Al Fahd 3, Al Abdulla 0, Salman 0, Seleem Adbulla 0, Salem 0.
AL KUWAIT (60)  -  Gray 30, Albhar 9, Mubarak 9, Boftein 5, F Alyayuh 2, Al Mutairi 2, Watkins 2, K Alyayuh 1, Allhayyah 0, Shuaib 0.
Period Scores: 18-13, 94-34, 54-40, 84-60.
Fastlink d. Army, 94-78
Fastlink of Jordan retained the leadership of Group B with their third win a row by downing Army of Syria, 94-78.  A strong second half was the key, as the Army could not make any dents into Fastlink’s lead, allowing Fastlink coach Maz Trakh to use his role players.
Ontario Lett led Fastlink with 24 points and 14 rebounds while Scotty Thurman added 15 points.  John Carter led all scorers with 26 points.  Tony Rutland followed with 17 points and 16 assists.
FASTLINK (94)  -  Lett 24, Dahgles 13, Shwabzoka 10, Anaser 9, Deis 9, Madi 7, Ifreifej 5, Alawadi 4, Rashad 0, Hamdam 0.
ARMY (78)  -  Carter 26, Rutland 17, Knefati 12, Sindeed 8, Hassabalah 7, Al Shaffi 5, Almadni 3, Alkatib 0, Alrifaei 0, Abdullah 0.
Period Scores: 21-17, 38-34, 71-56, 94-78.

Saba Battery d. Tobol, 71-57
Saba Battery of Iran raced to its third straight win by stopping Tobol of Kazakhstan, 71-57, in a very physical contest

  16th FedEx Champions Cup Day Two


QUEZON City  -  Strange twists added to an already very interesting storyline at the resumption of hostilities at the 16th FedEx FIBA-Asia Champions Cup Monday (May 30) at the Araneta Coliseum.
Al Rayyan d. Al Sharjah, 101-44
Al Rayyan of Qatar made a smashing debut by toying with Al Sharjah of the United Arab Emirates, 101-44, but at a very grave cost.  Al Rayyan star player Yassen Ismail Mahmoud sustained what appears to be a dislocated finger on his shooting (right) hand six minutes into the contest and is doubtful for the rest of the tournament.  However, the Qataris hardly felt his absence by leading comfortably throughout the one-sided affair.  Todd Day did the biggest damage in the first half, at some points outscoring the whole Al Sharjah team.

Mohammed Seleem Abdulla topped Qatar with 28 points and 17 rebounds, most coming during scrub time.  Day finished with 18 points and hardly played the final period.  Adnen Mohammad Mater led Al Sharjah with 11 while Geremy Robinson added 10.
AL RAYYAN (101)  -  Seleem Abdulla 28, Day 18, Salem 8, Saeed 8, Al 7, Mahmoud 7, Pasco 4, Salman 3, Al Hajri 3, Al Abdulla 2, Al Fahd 2.
AL SHARJAH (44)  -  Mater 11, Robinson 10, Mahmoud 8, Hyman 6, Farhan 3, Mohd 2, Sanquor 2, Ahmed 2, Gholum 0, Abdulla 0.

Period Scores: 28-9, 52-18, 79-31, 101-44.
Saba Battery d. Indian Cagers, 94-50
Riding on the crest of its conquest of defending champion La Sagesse of Lebanon on opening day, Saba Battery of Iran continued its rampage by easily disposing of the Indian Cagers, 94-50, in another lopsided contest.

Andre Pitts had a rare triple double with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists to power the Iranians.  Hamed Eslamieh added 19.  Riyazuddin and Trideep Rai paced the Indians with 24 and 11 points but lacked support from the rest of the team.
SABA BATTERY (94)  -  Pitts 22, Eslamieh 19, Sohrabnejad 13, Nikkahbarami 11, Rouzbahani 6, Hall 6, Afradi 6, Honardoust 4, Bahrami 3, Veisi 2, Kamrani 1, Jamshidvand 1.
INDIAN CAGERS (50)  -  Riyazuddin 24, Rai 11, Robinson 6, Shiukumar 4, Thomas 2, Y Singh 2, Jagdeep Singh 1, Kadam 0, Shenoy 0, T Singh 0, Ahmed 0.
Period Scores: 17-13, 36-19, 71-30, 94-50.
Fastlink d. Al Kuwait, 99-95
An early clash of opening day winners saw Fastlink of Jordan seize the solo lead by toppling Al Kuwait, 99-95.  Fastlink led by as much as 17 markers in the final period and then saved enough kick to hold of a late rally by the Kuwaitis.

Scotty Thurman, who skipped yesterday’s game with an injury, led Fastlink with 34 points while Ontario Lett had a double-double with 22 points and 17 rebounds.  Chudney Grey paced Kuwait with 32 while Osamah Mubarak added 19.

FASTLINK (99)  -  Thurman 34, Lett 22, Dahglas 8, Ireifej 7, Anaser 6, Hadrab 2, Alawadi 0, Musalm 0.
AL KUWAIT (95)  -  Grey 32, Mubarak 19, Al Mutairi 17, Albhar 13, Watkins 13, Boftein 1, Shuaib 0, K Alyayuh 0.
Period Scores: 15-19, 42-40, 79-70, 99-95.
San Miguel Beer d. Tobol, 88-67
In a fitting finale, host team San Miguel Beer led all the way but still experienced a few anxious moments against a much taller Tobol of Kazakhstan, 88-67.  The Filipinos’ three-point shooting clicked and Romel Adducul asserted his might under the boards to power their breakaway in the third period.  Coach Vincent Reyes also ordered his players to constantly pressure the Kazakhs on defense, turning the game into a blowout midway through the final period.

Nicolas Belasco led the Filipinos for the second straight game with 17 points while Adducul finished with 16 crucial points.  Sergey Vdovin led the Kazakhs with 19 while two of his teammates turned in 13 points each.
SAN MIGUEL BEER (88)  -  Belasco 17, Adducul 16, Ritualo 12, dela Cruz 11, Miller 8, Villanueva 6, Reavis 6, Alapag 5, Caguioa 5, de Ocampo 2, Hontiveros 0, Thoss 0.
TOBOL (67)  -  Vdovin 19, Shpekht 13, Jarov 13, Biryulin 5, Derbush 4, Ponamorev 4, Garshin 4, Sultanov 3, Lashco 2, Gellert 0, Kazantsev 0.
Period Scores: 20-14, 42-37, 60-55, 88-67.

  16th FedEx Champions Cup Day One

Nic Belasco

QUEZON City  -  The 16th FedEx FIBA-Asia Champions Cup opened on a high note with four good games at the Araneta Coliseum.  Top officials of FIBA-Asia, the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) and members of the diplomatic corps graced the simple opening ceremonies after the second game.

Saba Battery d. La Sagesse, 71-51

Defending champion La Sagesse of Lebanon blew a 28-23 lead at halftime, allowing Saba Battery of Iran to begin the tournament with a big upset, 71-51.

 Andre Pitts led the Iranians with 24 points while Hamed Eslamieh added 19.  Fadi Al-Khatib paced the Lebanese with 15 markers.  Bassem Balaa had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
SABA BATTERY (71)  -  Pitts 24, Eslamieh 19, Nikkabahrami 12, Kamrani 5, Bahrami 3, Honardoust 2, Jamshidvand 2, Rouzbahani 2, Hall 2, Afradi 0.
LA SAGESSE (51)  -  Al Katib 15, Balaa 12, Satterfield 10, Mechantaf 5, P Khoury 5, Howard 4, S Khoury 0.
Period Scores: 11-18, 23-28, 45-37, 71-51.

Al Kuwait d. Army, 89-85 (OT)

In the most exciting game of the opening day, Al Kuwait’s Chudney Grey sank two free throws with five seconds left in regulation to tie the game with Army of Syria at 74-74.  The Syrians bungled the ensuing play with a traveling violation, sending the game into overtime.  In the overtime, Kuwait’s Abdulaziz Shuaib banged in a triple with 11 seconds to play and shatter the game’s final deadlock, 88-85.  Syria again traveled, forcing them to quickly foul Grey who split his free throws for the final tally.

Grey led the Kuwaitis with 26 points while Ahmed Al Mutairi supported him with 16.  Tony Rutland topped Syria with 32 points, followed by John Carter with 23 points and 16 rebounds.
AL KUWAIT (89)  -  Grey 26, Al Mutairi 16, Albhar 13, Mubarak 12, Watkins 11, Shuaib 5, Alyayuh 4, Boftein 2, Alenezi 0.
ARMY (85)  -  Rutland 32, Carter 23, Abdullah 7, Knefati 11, Alkatib 6, Hasaballah 4, Hammouch 2, Alrifaei 0, Almadni 0.
Period Scores: 74-74 (reg.), 89-85 (OT).
San Miguel Beer d. Indian Cagers, 81-49
Host San Miguel Beer created a strong first impression by mangling the game Indian Cagers, 81-49.  The Filipinos raced to an 11-0 lead behind Nicolas Belasco and Romel Adducul and never looked back from there.

Belasco led the slaughter with 14 points followed by team captain Donaldo Hontiveros with 11.  Robin Robinson led the Indians with 14 points but lacked support from his mates.
SAN MIGUEL BEER (81)  -  Belasco 14, Hontiveros 11, Caguioa 10, Adducul 10, Alapag 8, Miller 7, de Ocampo 5, Thoss 5, dela Cruz 4, Villanueva 3, Reavis 2, Ritualo 0.
INDIAN CAGERS (49)  -  Robinson 14, Riyazzudin 7, Thomas 6, Rai 6, Ahmed 6, Y Singh 5, Kumar 3, Jagdeep Singh 2, Shenoy 1, Kadam 0, T Singh 0, Jasjot Singh 0.
Period Scores: 28-14, 42-18, 68-37, 81-49.
Fastlink d. Al Sharjah, 89-61
In the nightcap, Fastlink of Jordan survived the absence of the injured Scottie Thurman to blast Al Sharjah of the United Arab Emirates, 89-61.

Ayman Deis and Enver Shwabzoka led the blowout with 18 markers each.  Ayoub Abbas and Salem Mubarak paced Al Sharjah with 16 and 15 markers respectively.
FASTLINK (89)  -  Shwabzoka 18, Deis 18, Bassam 14, Rashad 10, Lett 9, Dahglas 9, Ireifij 5, Awadi 4, Hamdam 2, Madi 0, Alensoor 0.
AL SHARJAH (61)  -  Abbas 16, Mubarak 15, Hyman 9, Robinson 7, Mater 7, Khalfan 4, Ghuloum 3, A Sanquor 0, B Sanquor 0, Abdulla 0, Farhan 0.
Period Scores: 21-12, 41-32, 60-48, 89-61.

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