He started his career in the “40th Edition” with a precious victory

Al-Ahly youth begins the dream of the Gulf Basketball Quartet with “Victory”

Al-Ahly youth imposed a strong presence in front of the Saudi victory.

Photography: Patrick Castillo

Shabab Al-Ahly launched its career in the Gulf Champions Clubs Basketball Championship, by defeating its Saudi guest, Al-Nasr, by five points, with a score of 98-93, yesterday, at the opening of the 40th edition, which was held at Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Hall in Shabab Al-Ahly Club, “Al-Mamzar” branch. Until June 26, during which the "Basket Knights" are seeking to add their fourth Gulf title, after the triple consecutive years 2015, 2016 and 2017.

The opening day also witnessed the Bahraini Al-Ahly achieve a difficult victory over the Qatari North, which came by four points, with a score of 97-93.

Al-Ahly youth succeeded in imposing its rhythm on the course of the first half, relying on the pressing defense and closing the spaces in the face of the Saudi victory players, which led the "Dubai Knights" to obtain the absolute advantage in the first and second quarters by "33-22 and 25-22".

With the start of the second half, Al-Ahly youth players paid the tax of offensive mistakes and rush to end the attacks that allowed the Saudi victory to gain the advantage in the results of the third and fourth quarters “22-20 and 27-20”, which will not be enough for the Saudis to return with the result of the match that went in favor of “Fursan” the basket.”

In the second matches, the Qatari Al-Shamal team lost its progress in the first and third periods by “30-16 and 19-18”, after the Bahraini Al-Ahly succeeded, through pressure defense and rapid breakthroughs, to reduce the difference and decided the outcome of the match in his favour, by giving his players the advantage in the results of the second and fourth periods, by “33 -22 and 30-21».

The tournament system, in which participation is limited to five teams represented by Al-Ahly, Kuwait, Kuwait, Al-Ahly, Saudi Al-Nasr, and the Qatari North, requires that it be held in its preliminary round in the league system of one stage, through which the identity of the first four teams qualified for the golden square round, which begins on June 25, is determined. current, through which the final party is determined.

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Al-Ahly youth holds the hopes of the Emirati basketball team in winning the eighth title in the Gulf clubs, after Al-Wahda and Al-Shabab in 1993 and 2011, the Dubai Knights trio between 2015 and 2017, and the Sharjah double in the last two editions 2018 and 2019.

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