MANAMA and Muharraq marched through to the semi-finals of the Khalifa bin Salman Cup last night following contrasting victories.
Manama trounced Nuwaidrat 99-74 while Muharraq survived a late scare in a 93-87 victory over Al Ahli.
Both quarter-final games were played at the Khalifa Sports City arena in Isa Town.
Manama now face the winners of the last eight clash between Riffa and Al Hala, while Muharraq take on the victors of the game between Al Ettihad and Isa Town.
Both remaining quarter-final match-ups are set to take place tomorrow. The semi-finals have yet to be scheduled.
In Manama’s win yesterday, the Cup holders got off to a brilliant start to the game, allowing them to cruise the rest of the way. They built a 28-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and then were ahead 51-25 at the half.
Nuwaidrat managed to come alive in the third but could not make a significant rally as Manama enjoyed leads as big as 40 points. In the final canto, Manama did enough to maintain the big winning margin.
American professional Wayne Chism had 26 points and 11 rebounds to help lead Manama. Skipper Ahmed Abdulaziz and Hussain Shaker added 15 points apiece, including three three-pointers each, while Maytham Jameel had 14, which included four triples.
Curtis Washington paced Nuwaidrat with 22 points and 11 rebounds in defeat. Ebrahim Albasri contributed 14 and Jawad Abdulla 11 in the losing effort.
Meanwhile, in Muharraq’s narrow triumph, guard Ali Abbas buried a three-pointer from the right corner with 20 seconds left to help his team secure the hard-earned win.
With Muharraq leading by just a single point, Abbas took advantage of Ahli’s slacking defence to fire in his wide open basket and make it 91-86.
Muharraq did well to fight back from being down by as many as 16 points early in the game.
In the fourth, they led by six with two minutes remaining, but Ahli were able to make things interesting before Abbas spoiled their late rally with his game-saving triple.
Newly signed US import Kevin Murphy had 36 points and 15 rebounds in the win. Mohammed Juma’a came off the bench to add 18 markers, while captain Ahmed Hassan Aldurazi scored 12.
American Marcel Jones was the top man for Ahli in the loss, scoring a game-high 37 points while grabbing 20 rebounds. Hesham Sarhan chipped in with 15.