Saudi Arabia make perfect start to Asia Cup qualification with win over Qatar

Saudi Arabia's Mohammed Alsager in action in Jeddah against Qatar in qualifying for the FIBA Asia Cup. (FIBA/FIBA.basketball)
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Updated 21 February 2020

Saudi Arabia make perfect start to Asia Cup qualification with win over Qatar

  • Hosts won 68-57 over their Gulf neighbors

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia made a perfect start to their FIBA Asia Cup qualifying campaign by winning their Group E match against Qatar in a game which marked the first FIBA basketball game played in Jeddah.

The hosts won 68-57 over their Gulf neighbors thanks to the heroics of Ayoub Alhawsawi and Mohammed Alsuwailem. The key man for the Saudis was Alhawsawi, who stood out in particular with electric play-making and impressive scoring. 

Saudi Arabia operated well and were too strong for Qatar, who managed to cut the lead to within six points in the final quarter but were unable to overhaul the hosts’ lead.

Saudi Arabia, who also face Iran and Syria in their group, will be aiming for back-to-back qualifying wins when the Syrians visit Jeddah on February 23.


Chinese basketball to resume on June 20 after coronavirus

Updated 04 June 2020

Chinese basketball to resume on June 20 after coronavirus

  • China’s first major sports league to return to action after the coronavirus

SHANGHAI: The Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) season will resume on June 20, the CBA said on Thursday, becoming the country’s first major sports league to return to action after the coronavirus.
The campaign was halted in February but will return after the number of infections dropped markedly in China, where the pandemic emerged at the end of last year.
The resumption of the CBA puts pressure on football — the other leading sport in China — to similarly get going again after a months-long indefinite postponement.
“With the approval of the sports and health department, CBA league will resume on June 20 and all preparations have entered a substantive stage,” the CBA said on the Twitter-like Weibo.
Defending champions Guangdong ranked first in the league after 30 matches, before the CBA announced in late January that the competition would be suspended from February 1.
Earlier this week, former NBA star Jeremy Lin, now with the Beijing Ducks, said players and fans wanted basketball back as soon as possible.
“We don’t care whether the games are played in empty arenas or under a championship-like competition system,” Lin said.
“We just want to play and let fans see the games on TV or the Internet.”