Zamil Group ends APEP run; Al Hoty Calibration, Satorp-Molave score

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Updated 26 September 2014

Zamil Group ends APEP run; Al Hoty Calibration, Satorp-Molave score

Zamil Group ends APEP run; Al Hoty Calibration, Satorp-Molave score

AL-KHOBAR: In a championship-like match, Zamil Group of manager Michael Garcia pounded on the injured-stricken APEP team, 86-79, ending the latter’s dominant run in Inter-Company A in the 15th UFBF Open Basketball tournament at the Al Qadisiyah Sports Gymnasium here.
But more than the Zamil notching their second close victory in as many games, this game was more about APEP dominating almost the entire tournament and showing that they are a solid title contender this season. However, Zamil sent a strong message to their rivals that they, too, are title favorite.
Harold Herrera had a double-double performance of 23 points and 11 rebounds and a steal to carry Zamil to an exciting victory. Ace guard Wilfred Molina added 17 markers and three other starters – Antonio Mara, Louie Villa and Jimmy Alzate – finished in double-digit scores as they badly beat APEP in rebounds, 47-26.
Lhito Bautista’s squad started the first quarter with Randy Sotto drawing first blood for APEP with a lay-up basket wanting to establish distance powered by a combined 14 points from James Chua, Ian Java and Ricardo Sotto and held a 14-4 lead after 6 minutes of play in the first quarter. However, momentum turned quickly for the Zamil Group after Herrera’s basket, followed by Alzate’s four points. Herrera then completed a three-point play off a James Bayangos’ foul as Emie Rex Ocba drained a long three to tie the game at 14-14, 1:53 minutes remaining in the period. Mara ended the first quarter with his first three-pointer, 19-17, for Zamil.
APEP struck an early tragedy as Randy Sotto exited the game with an injured left ankle due to a bad fall while making an attempt infront of his taller opponents. His teammate Chua then knotted the game at 19-all and grab the lead back with his bonus shot, 20-19, in under one minute of play of the second quarter. They even led 32-28 on Chua’s six consecutive free throw baskets and Ibrahim Naif and Ricardo Sotto added five more points, 3:03 minutes to go. Zamil’s Herrera, Alzate, Molina and Villa immediately did the damage as they spearheaded a 14-2 run, 42-34, 26:8 ticks left at the half.

Coached by Rex Nicanor, Zamil’s lead dwindled to just two points, 71-73, 4:06 minutes left in the last quarter on Bayangos’ consecutive layup shots, and by a point 77-78 after Ricardo Sotto’s basket with the clock down to just 1:23 minutes. But Mara, playing a spoiler’s game for Zamil, nailed another three-pointer deep down at the right corner for an 81-77 lead and Herrera stole the ball and split his free throw off a Bayangos’ foul that left their foes gasping, 82-77, 42 seconds left in the game.
Al Hoty Calibration surprisingly beat the Dammam Spartan, by a big margin 81-65, in Junior D5-B.
Carlos Baguna led the Calibrators with 22 points, Johnray Quinto added 21 while former member of the defunct Masculados’ all-male group, Ailex Glinoga, finished with 19 points. Bong Arevalo, Larry Ventura and Joey Alba combined for 14 points while ace guard Lester Respicio moved the ball so well and added 3 markers.
The Calibrators raced to a 19-2 in the opening salvo thanks to Quinto, Baguna and Glinoga. Showing no remorse to the opponent’s lackluster performance, the Calibrators kept its offensive firepower going behind Quinto’s unstoppable drives, Baguna’s inside perimeter shooting and Glinoga’s tremendous hustle as they built a commanding 26-point lead end of first quarter, 33-7, on Glinoga’s buzzer-beating three-pointer.
The Calibrators pounded the Spartans even more 40-11 in the second quarter to take a huge 50-25 advantage at the half, and again finished the third quarter on top, 62-44, and never looked back.
Satorp-Molave scored another convincing victory beating Cyber Dudes 1, 93-75, in Junior D-4. Former MVP Mark Vergara led the pack with yet another sterling performance exploding for 32 points, including 6 triples. He was ably backed by Ireneo Racacho who wounded up with 17 markers and 10 rebounds while Boggie Patinio, Lyndon Sandico and Erwin Solomon added 14, 12 and 8 points respectively.


Saudi showjumpers riding high

Saudi showjumpers riding high
With SR130,000 ($34,600) in cash prizes, the three-day competition, held without spectators due to the coronavirus restrictions, has been organized by the Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation (SAEF) in partnership with the Ministry of National Guard and the Diriyah Gate Development Authority. (AN photos by Huda Bashatah)
Updated 37 min 44 sec ago

Saudi showjumpers riding high

Saudi showjumpers riding high
  • Elite riders saddle up for $34,600 National Guard Ministry cup at Jeddah Trio Ranch

JEDDAH: The Saudi National Guard Ministry’s showjumping cup competition kicked off on Thursday at the Jeddah Trio Ranch, with Abdullah Al-Sharbatly and Dalma Malhas leading a top-class equestrian lineup.

With SR130,000 ($34,600) in cash prizes, the three-day competition, held without spectators due to the coronavirus restrictions, has been organized by the Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation (SAEF) in partnership with the Ministry of National Guard and the Diriyah Gate Development Authority.
The competition consists of nine rounds, with three rounds each day. About 130 horses were registered in the competition. The fences were set at 1.15m for the small grade where about 80 riders competed on the first day.
Almost 40 equestrians took part in the 1.20m-1.25m medium grade. Another 20 competitors battled in the 1.30m-1.35m grade on the first day of competition.
“We have seven competitions under the names of seven ministries. After good international and Olympic results, support has doubled for equestrian sports, particularly showjumping,” a member of the SAEF technical committee, Ali Al-Sahli, told Arab News.
One rider, Naif Al-Sudairi, said that equestrianism in Saudi Arabia is making rapid advances on many levels.
“With Saudi Vision 2030, we now have more tournaments in all regions of the country, and the competition has heated up,” he told Arab News. “This can motivate the riders to improve and show our best in the run-up to international competitions.”
He added that he is looking forward to representing Saudi Arabia in the global equestrian events.

First day
In the small round on the first day of the competition, Khaled Al-Hady came first with 20 points. His horse, Doberlina Van de Kapel, came second with 18 points. Mohammed Hassan Al-Hadi was ranked third with 16 points, while Princess Al-Anoud Al-Saud secured fourth place with 14 points, and Waleed Al-Ghamdi was fifth with 12 points. Faisal Al-Ouda and Abdul Aziz Al-Hamazani came sixth and seventh, respectively.
In the medium class, Mohammed Al-Malki topped the ranking with 30 points followed by Khalid Al-Mobty, who collected 28 points. Badr Al-Fard came third with 26 points, and Abdullah Al-Sheikh was fourth with 24 points. Ahmed Bakarman came fifth with 22 points.

HIGHLIGHTS

• The competition consists of nine rounds, with three rounds each day.

• The fences were set at 1.15m for the small grade where about 80 riders competed on the first day.

• Almost 40 equestrians took part in the 1.20m-1.25m medium grade.

• Another 20 competitors battled in the 1.30m-1.35m grade on the first day of competition.

Malhas, who secured an individual bronze at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, after completing the round in 38 seconds without a single penalty, came ninth with 14 points. She is also the first Saudi female equestrian to take part in the individual hurdles at the 2018 World Equestrian Championship held in the US city of Tryon.


In the big round, Al-Sharbatly, who won the individual silver medal at the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games, came first with 40 points, followed by Abed Sanosy with 38 points. Fahad Al-Ghamdi was third with 36 points, while Badr Al-Fard was fourth with 34 points, and Talal Al-Juaid came fifth with 32 points. Sultan Al-Qarza’e and Khaled Al-Mobty came sixth and seventh, respectively.

Riders’ journey
Muneer Al-Ayoubi, who has been riding for over 20 years, told Arab News that showjumping requires understanding between rider and horse.
“I have been participating in showjumping (activities) for more than two years. It is the most difficult type of horse-riding activities,” he said. “Unlike horse racing and endurance riding, contestants have to keep training their horses. The rider and the horse should appear as if they were one soul.”
Arwa Mutabagani, owner and managing director of Jeddah Trio Ranch, said that they have riders of different levels from all over Saudi Arabia.
Speaking about the preparation to host the competition, Mutabagani said: “The horses arrive a couple of days before the competition, so we have to be ready. On-site, we have 150 horses participating, so we have different locations to host all these numbers. We made the warm-up arena ready for the riders to prepare their horses for the show.”
An Italian equestrian expert was brought in to handle the timing and ensure there are no complaints, she said. Mutabagani said that she is training a number of female riders to become champions. Family support is essential in this type of sport, she added.
“To reach a top position, dedication, family and team support, and sacrifices are all elements that should go together. You also have to have a good instructor, a good horse, and you have to have the right competition that can help you move to higher levels,” she said.
She mentioned her daughter, Dalma Malhas, as an example, saying: “When she was competing, she was young and spent weekends at the shows and not with her peers. So, you have to sacrifice being a normal teenager to reach the top.”
Meanwhile, Mohrah Faisal, a female equestrian who took part in the small round, said that she is grateful to SAEF for supporting female riders. “We did not have such an opportunity in the past. Now I hope I can represent the Kingdom at the Olympics.”
She said that her family believed in her passion for equestrianism once they saw her succeeding in many local competitions.
Wafa Hasson, another Saudi female rider, said she competed in the UAE two years ago after SAEF gave women riders the green light, which helped them improve.
Female riders are still looking for opportunities to learn. “I want to go as far as I can. I don’t really have a limit, I just want to see what I can achieve and I will do my best to achieve it.”
Ghalia Al-Musa, another participant, said that she has been riding for 13 years, and her mother is still her biggest supporter.
“SAEF allowed female riders to compete along with male riders in 2019, and it was good news for all female riders. In the same year, SAEF selected the best female riders to represent Saudi Arabia in the Arab Women Sports Tournament in Sharjah, UAE. We came second as a team and I came fourth as an individual,” she told Arab News.
Al-Musa also hopes to represent Saudi Arabia in international events, including the Olympics.
Heavy rain in Jeddah on Friday forced the organizing committee of the National Guard showjumping cup to combine the second and third day of competition on Saturday (10 a.m. to 11 p.m.) when the competition will come  to an end.