Manama eliminated Qatar’s Al Sadd from contention by way of a 98-86 decision in their last Group B game of the West Asia Super League (WASL) - Gulf Region at the Zain Basketball Arena in Um Al Hassam last night.
Lamont Jones set the pace for Manama with 25 points and 9 assists, while Mohammed Hamooda punched in a season-high 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting.
The two took turns in powering the comeback from 12 down. Jones scored 10 in the second quarter to help trim the deficit to just three at the half, while Hamooda poured 11 in the third where they finally took control of the match, 78-70.
Manama scored a total of 64 points in the middle quarters, overwhelming an undermanned Al Sadd side that only played with six players.
Elijah Robinson supplied 19 points, and Ahmed Alderazi provided 14 as four of the five starters finished in double figures in the win.
Later in the night, Kuwait Club still went full throttle despite getting the job done already as they trounced Al Nasr Riyadh on the road, 101-70, to end the WASL-Gulf group stage unscathed.
Kuwait showed no signs of slowing down, opening the game with a fiery 21-2 start in what would be the story of the game as they went on to finish the preliminaries with a pristine 6-0 card.
Al Nasr needed Al Sadd to lose in their final game against Manama in order to catch the last bus, and their prayers were answered.