Al-Hilal stops Al-Ahli in SBF tournament

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Umar Abdul Salam | Arab News

Published — Saturday 21 February 2009

Last Update 21 February 2009 3:00 am

JEDDAH: Week 8 in the Saudi Basketball Federation (SBF) Tournament ended with Al-Hilal securing the fourth position with a win over Al-Ahli 95-81 at the Air Force Sports Complex here.

Hilal led after the first period 22 -21. Hilal outscored Ahli 26-18 in the second period finishing the half up 48-39. The battle was on between two of the best import players in the league. Hilal’s Kevin Sowell already had 21 points and Ahli’s Sherman Brittingham had 16 points.

Ahli did better in the third period adding 22 points to their total against Hilal’s 19 to end the third quarter leading at 67-61.

The fourth quarter was a scoring frenzy with Hilal winning with plenty to spare.

Hilal has the league’s leading scorer averaging over 30 points a game in Kevin Sowell. He finished the game with 42 points, 9 assists, 3 steals, and 7 rebounds for Hilal. Kenyon Booker had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and Zazi Dorssri had 15 points.

Ahli’s Sherman Brittingham had 41 points (eight three-point shots), Maher Hawsawi 13, Yassa Mutar and Kevin Francis 11 points each. With players that can knock down 40 points a game watch out in the playoffs for Hilal and Ahli.

In other games, Al-Ittihad beat Fath 75-45, Khalij beat Nahdah 80-78, and Qadisia beat Safa 77-70.

The regular season is taking a break for two weeks and will resume on March 3.

The Prince Faisal bin Fahd Cup Basketball Club Championship 2009 (1430) is to be played in Madinah for the next eight days. Teams in the all Saudi tournament are broken down into three groups.

In the first group are Ansar, Fath, Nahda, and Khaleej. Ittihad, Wehda, Ahli, and Masera make up the second group with Ohud, Qadisia, Hilal, and Safa in third group. After the group games the top two teams move on to the knockout round.

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