JEDDAH: Al-Ittihad kept its winning streak alive last week by beating Al-Ansar from Madinah 73-68 in their first meeting in the STC-Saudi Basketball League.
Ittihad has faced three of the top four teams in the league leaving only Hilal (who they face next week) to prove its dominance of the league this year.
The game started with the two teams trading baskets. Ittihad led at the end of the first quarter 16-14. In the second period Ittihad outscored Ansar 31-17 to finish the half leading by 47-31.
Ansar’s big man Abu Buker Kamera picked up three fouls and had to sit out a good part of the period. Once again Ittihad outscored Ansar 17-14 in the third bringing the total to 64-45 at the end of the period. Ansar answered the call in the fourth by playing Ayman Bilal just back from an injury.
Ittihad only scored 9 points in the quarter. Ansar with 23 closed the gap to 2 points before losing by five. It was a case of too little too late, but a great try.
Ittihad’s Jabber Al Kutbri and Rosell Ellis Jr. had 18 points each. Ansar’s Abu Buker Kamera hit 18 and Ayman Bilal scored 19 in only 12 minutes of play.