12th WABA Championship Tips Off

Iran – Yemen 85:35
Defending champion Iran secured a confident start to their 12th WABA Championship campaign. They rallied past Yemen in the opener. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) scored 18 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to lead the winners.
Iran ensured a quick start. They dominated every facet of the game to build a 19:7 lead after ten minutes. Iran maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 42:18 halftime lead. Things hardly changed in the third term. Iran stayed in full control taking a 59:32 advantage into the fourth period. Yemen managed just three points in the final quarter to surrender at the end. Mohammad Aklaghi finished with 15 points, while Hamed Afagh (190-G-83) added 14 points for Iran. Sabri Sadda(89) and Hakim Bris answered with 9 points each for Yemen.

Iran: Samad Nik Khahbahrami 18, Mohammad Aklaghi 15, Hamed Afagh 14
Yemen: Sabri Sadda 9, Hakim Bris 9

Lebanon – Syria 98:69
Lebanon posted the first win at the 12th WABA Championship in Jordan. They rolled past Syria in the opening game. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) came up with 30 points and 15 rebounds to pace the winners.
Lebanon unloaded 27 points in the starting quarter to build a 9-point lead. They maintained the margin throughout the second quarter. Lebanon established a 46:33 halftime advantage. Lebanon increased the tempo in the third term. They knocked down 29 more points to ensure an unassailable 22-point advantage before the fourth quarter. Syria could not recover and had to face inevitability at the end.Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, college: Providence) and Elie Estephane (195-G-86, college: Alabama So. CC) provided 19 points each for the winners. Michel Maadanly (195-G-81) answered with 25 points for Syria. Ahmad Ishak (194-F-86) netted 13 points in the loss.

Lebanon: Fadi Khatib 30+15 boards, Garnett Thompson 19, Elie Estephane 19
Syria: Michel Maadanly 25, Ahmad Ishak 13

Jordan – Palestine 87:53
Jordan earned the first win at the 12th WABA Championship. The hosts fired past Palestine in Amman.Mousa Alawadi (188-G-85) delivered 19 points to pace Jordan.
The home team gave little hope for their opponents. Jordan surged ahead right from the start and posted a 19:10 lead after ten minutes. They maintained it well throughout the second term. Jordan gained a 38:22 halftime lead. Palestine could not change the complexion of the game after the big break. Jordan exploded with 28 points in the third quarter to pile up a 27-point buffer and never looked back en route to the win. Ali Jamal (205-C/F-88) had 16 points, while Fares Saqf-AlHait (194-G/F-87, college:Calumet) accounted for 12 points in the winning case. Nicola Fadayel (191-F-87) answered with 23 points for Palestine. Ahmad Tina netted 7 points in the loss.

Jordan: Mousa Alawadi 19, Ali Jamal 16, Fares Saqf-AlHait 12
Palestine: Nicola Fadayel 23, Ahmad Tina 7

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