Hasan Al-Sheikh ready to take Saudi Arabian bowling to the next level

Hasan Al-Sheikh has high hopes for the future of the sport in the Kingdom. (supplied)
Updated 22 November 2018

Hasan Al-Sheikh ready to take Saudi Arabian bowling to the next level

  • Al-Sheikh and Co set to take part in the Hong Kong Championship on Friday.
  • Star bowler has sights set on winning international titles.

JEDDAH: Saudi Bowler Hasan Al-Sheikh finished 30th in the 54th World Single Championship taking place in the US city of Las Vegas, and on Friday lines-up in Hong Kong. Ahead of the Hong Kong tournament Arab News caught up with him.

How would you describe your participation in the Las Vegas Bowling Championship and was it your first?
Yes, this was my first Tim competing and it was a very special and beneficial experience.

What were the main challenges you had to face and who were you competing against?
I have faced many challenges, such as coming up against tough competitors. I also had to identify my mistakes and fix them as soon as possible. I was competing against some of the world’s best bowlers, including players from the American, Australian, Canadian, Finnish, Columbian and other national teams.

How do you evaluate the status of the Saudi bowling in international competitions in general?
The Saudi national team has achieved many international accomplishments, but there is still room for improvement to become one of the best teams competing internationally.

What is your biggest achievement and what do you look forward to?
In the 2006 Asian Games, I won a gold medal, two bronze medals and set a record that has not yet been broken. My main aim to try and win an international title

How do you manage to maintain a balance between your studies, social life and bowling?
It has always been challenging, but I try my best to manage my time.

As someone who started bowling as a child, what do you think is the best age to start bowling and do you think it is harder to do so as adults?
There are excellent bowlers who succeeded, yet they started learning to bowl as adults. However, the youngest tend to learn faster.

How do you feel about women joining the game this year for the first time?
It is a great step by the Saudi Bowling Federation that received a wide enthusiasm beyond expectations.

The next challenge is the Hong Kong Championship — what is so special about participating in this championship and how are you preparing for it?
It is a very important championship without a doubt; the last one this season and the hardest. I have been preparing for it by participating in local and international championships, and by competing against the best bowlers. We are seeking to go far and beyond and make our country proud. Last, I would like to thank my brother, Badr Al-Sheikh, president of the Saudi Bowling Federation and all those who have been supporting us through this journey and I hope that all these efforts will be fruitful in the next championships.

Green triple-double fuels Warriors’ comeback win

Updated 19 May 2019

Green triple-double fuels Warriors’ comeback win

  • The Golden State Warriors rallied for a 110-99 victory over the Trail Blazers in Portland
  • The two-time defending champion Warriors trailed by as many as 18 in the second quarter

LOS ANGELES: Draymond Green exploded for a seventh career playoff triple-double Saturday as the Golden State Warriors rallied for a 110-99 victory over the Trail Blazers in Portland and a 3-0 lead in the NBA Western Conference finals.
The two-time defending champion Warriors trailed by as many as 18 in the second quarter, but with Green driving them they produced another dominant third period to seize control of the contest and the series.
No team has come back from an 0-3 deficit to win an NBA playoff series. The Trail Blazers will try to fend off elimination when they host game four on Monday.
Green scored 20 points with 13 rebounds and 12 assists, keeping the Warriors afloat in the first half before superstar Stephen Curry came alive with 21 of his 36 points after the interval.
“There aren’t many guys in the game that can (affect both ends of the floor),” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Green beforehand. “Draymond can do both.”
His intensity was on display on both ends of the court, and on the sidelines as he exhorted teammates to keep pushing.
Klay Thompson added 19 points for the Warriors, who were again without injured star Kevin Durant.
“All my teammates, my coaches have been telling me, ‘Draymond, get to the hole, be aggressive,’” Green said of his mindset.
“We’ve got guys out there, Steph, Klay and those guys who draw a lot of attention, so it’s on me to do my job and come through for those guys.”
CJ McCollum led Portland with 23 points. Damian Lillard, relentlessly double-teamed by the Warriors, added 19 points.
Center Meyers Leonard, making just his third start of the season, finished with 16 points.
Leonard made the most of his opportunity early, connecting on five of seven shots from the field in the first half on the way to 13 points.
The Trail Blazers, energized in front of a rowdy home crowd at the Moda Center, quickly built a 10-point lead before the Warriors trimmed it to two — 29-27 — at the end of the first quarter.
But the Blazers kept the pressure on, stretching the lead to 18 in the second quarter.
A steal by Lillard produced a thunderous dunk from Leonard, then Portland’s Seth Curry stole the ball from his superstar brother Stephen and raced for a three-pointer that made it 60-42 with 2:28 remaining in the first half.
Portland took a 66-53 lead into the locker room, but the Warriors responded with a monster third quarter, using a 22-6 scoring run to take their first lead of the game, 77-76 on a layup by Kevin Looney — assisted by Green.
Golden State out-scored Portland 29-13 in the quarter to lead by three heading into the final frame.
The Warriors pushed the lead to 11 with 4:51 remaining and the Trail Blazers wouldn’t get the deficit below eight from there.