DOHA, Qatar (QBF Men’s League): Al Rayyan asserted their overall supremacy in style to beat Al Sadd 86-76 in the QBF Men’s League Sudden Death game on Tuesday and clinched their third successive title.
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Rayyan and Sadd had tied at 12 wins apiece at the Regular Season causing the Sudden Death game.
American Chauncey Leslie, veteran Yasseen Ismail and young sensation Targuy Ngombo all came up with impressive all-round shows to lead Rayyan’s win.
Leslie scored a game-high 28 points besides 5 rebounds and a game-high 7 assists. Ngombo pulled down 15 rebounds to go with his 21 points, 5 assists and 2 blocks. And Ismail had 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.
Sadd opened the scoring for the game, but that was the only moment they were ahead on the scoreboard.
Rayyan who lost to Sadd in the last game of the Regular Season – thus stretching the issue to the Sudden Death – gradually took charge of the proceedings.
Rayyan led 27-20 at the end of the first quarter and strengthened their position to 55-39 going into the change rooms.
Sadd attempted a fight back in the early part of the second half but only managed to cut the deficit before Rayyan were back in charge again.
Khalid Suliman was Sadd’s highest scorer with 19 points. Clint Deas had a game-high 18 rebounds to go with his 12 points.
Daoud Mousa and Saad Ali, the key players who led Sadd to the win in the final game, were restricted to a mere 33% scoring record for 14 and 10 points respectively.
FIBA Asia president Sheikh Saud Ali Al-Thani, also the president of the QBF, gave away the prizes.
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