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    "Bahrain go down fighting (by Yousef Ahmed)

    BRAVE Bahrain bowed to leading title-hopefuls Qatar 66-70 yesterday in the basketball competition of the 19th Gulf Cup, being played in Oman, writes Patrick Salomon.

    The nationals battled throughout the contest and came up just short of upsetting their heavily favoured rivals, who stayed undefeated after three games and have almost certainly secured the tournament championship.

    The Bahrainis, on the other hand, lost their second contest in three tries, and must win their final game against defending champions the UAE on the event's final day tomorrow for a shot at the bronze medal.

    Qatar face hosts Oman the same day, in what is expected to be a rout for the Qataris en route to securing the winners' trophy. The Omanis slumped to their third straight defeat in yesterday's other game at Muscat's Nizwa Sports Complex, losing 62-95 to Kuwait. The Kuwaitis moved to first place on the competition standings, but have completed all their games while the other four teams have one each to play.

    Kuwait are in line to come away with the silver medals, pending Qatar's expected win tomorrow.

    Bahrain battled their Qatari counterparts until the very end yesterday, despite the obvious size advantage held by the victors who feature several naturalised African players.

    Ahmed Al Mutawa (199-F/C-81, college: Broward CC) and Mahmood Ghuloom (187-G-79) helped the Bahrainis race out to a quick 6-2 lead to start the game, but Qatar eventually got into their groove and took a narrow 12-8 edge after a low-scoring first quarter.

    Back-to-back three-pointers from Hussain Mohammed and Ghuloom then tied the proceedings at 14-apiece to start the second period, when the nationals continued to keep pace with Qatar and head into half-time only down by five points (31-26).

    Hussain then made another two three-pointers coming out of the gate to put Bahrain in the lead again 32-31, but the Qataris, spearheaded by big man Yaseen Ismail, quickly answered with an 8-2 run, which they continued to build on for a 45-37 lead midway through the third quarter.

    The Bahrainis continued to slump late in the period, and found themselves down by 15 (39-54) with a minute remaining, but Ahmed Malallah and Hussain each scored from behind the arc to help them cut the deficit to single-digits (45-54) with one quarter to play.

    Hussain continued his strong showing in the last canto, when he was ably assisted by Yasser bu Naffour and Mohammed Qurban in cutting Qatar's led to just 59-53. The Qataris, however, proved too strong and maintained a 68-60 advantage close to the final buzzer, before Bahrain cut the losing margin to just four points in the end but could not get any closer. However the dissapointment of the game was the coaching. keeping Al Mutawa on the bench for most of the second half is like wanting to lose the game, Al Mutawa is our Tallest player and one of our most talented Bigman, so why keep him out of the game?

    Hussain led the national team's valiant cause with 26 points including five triples, while Ghuloom pitched in with another 18 markers and Al Mutawa score 2 points and 6 rebounds in just 10 minutes of play".

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    I wonder why Qatar is winning by slim margins. . . they used to win 30+ when they're up against opponents like these.
    "INSANITY IS DOING THE SAME THINGS OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND EXPECTING DIFFERENT RESULTS."

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    Quote Originally Posted by interxavierxxx View Post
    I wonder why Qatar is winning by slim margins. . . they used to win 30+ when they're up against opponents like these.
    That's true bro. Ever since Qatar made it to the 2006 World championships their NT level of play has been on the downside ever since (even though their players aren't that old and they've got some really descent players like Yaseen Ismail, Saad Abdulrahman Ali, and Daoud Mousa).
    I don't know if they sent their full roster to the Gulf Cup or if they have any injured players though.

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    Stilol Lebanon is team to watch especially their new nt players

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    Quote Originally Posted by reamily View Post
    Stilol Lebanon is team to watch especially their new nt players
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    "(by Mohammed Malas)
    Nazwi, January 12, 2009

    Qatar hammered hosts Oman 87-47 to lift the 19th Gulf Cup basketball title on Sunday.

    The unbeaten Qataris won all the four matches and displayed spotless performance at the Gulf Cup. On their way to the finals they beat UAE, Kuwait, and Bahrain.

    Sheikh Saoud Bin Ali Al Thani, vice-president of Qatar Olympic Committee, QOC congratulated Qatar's basketball team on their Gulf Cup victory and dedicated the win towards Qatar's wise leadership.

    HE Sheikh Saoud said that regaining the Gulf Cup title will support the team in their preparation for the upcoming Asian championship scheduled to be held in China in August.

    The QOC vicepresident also praised the performance of other participating teams and said that the competition was very tough

    Source: Qatar Olympic Committee "

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    Quote Originally Posted by interxavierxxx View Post
    I wonder why Qatar is winning by slim margins. . . they used to win 30+ when they're up against opponents like these.
    no surprise! qatar nt players were sending a same from tokushima & 2007 jones cup players. their results were still normal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nardy View Post
    I am predicting Kazakhstan would be a team to watch come 2009. With the continuos improvement of 6'10 Anton Ponomarev, am seeing this former Soviet Republic finally making a serious bid to challenge the usual Asian Basketball Powers for the FIBA-Asia crown now worn by Iran. A number of their other players are playing in Russia and in other former Soviet states, this would really improve their competiveness,
    Basketball has this height factor, an advantage Kazakhstan has and they're naturally taller, heftier than most asian teams and to think that they're also very mobile. They have beaten a good Philippine team a couple of times before and soon enough they can give Iran and China a good run for the next championships.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khalid80 View Post
    With the level of bball that we've been playing since the last World Championships in 2006 I don't see this day coming anytime soon
    We still have a long way to go to catch up with China (Maybe in 5 years with players like Bassel Bawji, Ahmad Ibrahim) and after Yao Ming retires from the Chinese NT, then we might have a very small chance of beating China.
    Either one, China can even get better as a team after Yao or a couple of more much better players come along after him.......

    China will always remain as the "Alpha Dog" in asian basketball unless Oceana and Asia is merged by FIBA.

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    Iran and Lebanon qualified for Asian Championships from west asia zone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mohsena2631 View Post
    Iran and Lebanon qualified for Asian Championships from west asia zone.
    Why ???????????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jalaa_Syria View Post
    Why ???????????
    unfortunately the rest withdrew ! including Syria ! Syria and Iraq officially withdrew today !

    source : Iranian basketball federation website

    http://www.iranbasketball.org/News/a...ws.asp?id=7538


    Quote Originally Posted by Asia-Basket.com
    Iran, Lebanon and Jordan will be in 25th FIBA Asia Championship - May 11, 2009 (by Mohammad Ahmadi)
    In WABA Schedule, Qualifying games for 25th FIBA Asia Championship was being played in Tehran to know two other qualified countries to be with Jordan in 25th FIBA Asia Championship .
    Teams were Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen. But the last three teams (Syria, Iraq and Yemen) announced that they will not attend this tournament and for sure from West Asia, Iran and Lebanon will be with Jordan in 25th FIBA Asia Championship on 6-16 August in Tianjin China.

    Iran National Team with their new head coach, Veselin Matic , is going to defend their championship victory after defeating Lebanon for Asian Title in Aug. 5, 2007 .

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    Quote Originally Posted by mohsena2631 View Post
    unfortunately the rest withdrew ! including Syria ! Syria and Iraq officially withdrew today !

    source : Iranian basketball federation website

    http://www.iranbasketball.org/News/a...ws.asp?id=7538
    Thanks god that we withdrew if we played against Iran & Lebanon with this bad team we will lose with very big difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seigle42 View Post
    no surprise! qatar nt players were sending a same from tokushima & 2007 jones cup players. their results were still normal.
    Yes not surprisingly as expected, Qatar sent naturalized african citizens in their national lineup. What an advantage they had. I dont know if their high-leaping captain Yaseen Muosa played too. I think just like the rest, he's african from Somalia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khalid80 View Post
    Well at least there is someone else that thinks that we're not in the best of conditions. I honestly believe that even with our full roster available (including Vogel and Khatib) we're still way behind China and to a lesser extent Iran. Jordan is preparing and naturalizing players left and right. Korea is always a threat. Kazakhstan and Philippines are on the rise. And we're still where we are .

    smart-gilas (our college squad under toroman) is definitely on the rise. unfortunately, the team we're sending in FIBA Asia is another team composed of PBA players with little exposure to FIBA rules. we can only hope that it fares well against strong, big teams like lebanon. all other things being equal, i think our philippine team is only good for a fourth place finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andry View Post
    smart-gilas (our college squad under toroman) is definitely on the rise. unfortunately, the team we're sending in FIBA Asia is another team composed of PBA players with little exposure to FIBA rules. we can only hope that it fares well against strong, big teams like lebanon. all other things being equal, i think our philippine team is only good for a fourth place finish.
    By the way the post u replied to above was posted more than 5 months ago when alot of issues were still unclear about our NT.
    Things look much better now

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    1:china“A”(no yao)
    2:iran(nba player hadadi)
    3:lebanon(old player )
    4:kazakhstan
    5:qatar(more 6 america players)
    6:Korea
    7:jordan
    8:japan

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    1 china
    2-3 RP, Lebanon, Iran, Jordan
    Oh come on, mamon!

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    when will the groups be revealed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eliooo93 View Post
    when will the groups be revealed?
    after all the sub-zone qualifiers have finished: (ex. Southeast asia, east asia, gulf)

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