Posted on April 06, 2017

Al Arabi and Al Shamal have registered two important wins over Al Khor 88-79 and Qatar 80-70 respectively on Wednesday in the opening round of Group B of HH the Emir's basketball cup.

Al Arabi carried on with the strong performances this season, overcoming Al Khor with a nine-point cushion in the match that took place at Al Gharafa Club. The quarters ended 21-18, 18-26, 17-10 and 32-25 to Al Arabi. In the other match, Al Shamal beat Qatar, ending the match ten points ahead. The quarters ended 18017, 18-16, 18-18 and 26-19 to Al Shamal. 

The match was closely contested in the first three quarters but Al Shamal dominated the fourth quarter to win it with a seven-point difference and win the match. The results mean Al Shamal and Al Arabi take first and second positions respectively in Group B, while Al Khor are third and Qatar fourth. Al Gharafa, having played one game less, are fifth without points. In the second round of Group B, Al Gharafa will take on Qatar and Al Arabi face Al Shamal on Sunday. In Group A, the second round sees holders El Jaish play Al Ahli and Al Rayyan face Al Sadd. The opening round saw a surprise win for Al Wakrah over Al Rayyan while Al Sadd lost to Al Ahli. 

The tournament is played in a one-round league format, with the top four qualifying for the quarterfinals, which is a knockout stage.