The national basketball team is going through, at seven in the evening today, a difficult test, when it meets the Lebanese team, Beirut, in a match that brings them together at the end of the quarter-final round in the Dubai International Championship, which has been held since last Friday at the Al-Nasr Club hall in Dubai, and extends in its 32nd edition until the fifth of This February.
The conclusion of the quarter-finals will also witness, and at the ninth, the meeting of the newcomer, the Lebanese “Dynamo”, against the champion of the 2017 edition, the Moroccan team, Sale, knowing that the opening of the quarter-finals was held yesterday evening, with my African-Tunisian meeting and the Libyan victory, and the Lebanese athlete with the Filipino “Strong Group”.
The championship system, with the conclusion of its preliminary round, stipulated that all four teams of the second group qualify for the quarter-finals, namely: the Lebanese teams Beirut and Al-Riyadi, the Tunisian African team, and the Moroccan Salé, offset by the qualification in the first group for the quarter-finals being limited to four out of the five teams, namely: Dynamo The Lebanese, Strong Group of the Philippines, Al-Nasr Al-Libya, the national team, and Al-Wahda Al-Syria, who finished fifth and left the tournament.
And the national team succeeded, the day before yesterday, at the end of the group tournament, by grabbing the fourth place with five points and obtaining the last qualifying card for the quarter-finals, after defeating the Syrian unit (82-49), to set a date in the quarter-finals according to the tournament system with the leaders of the second group. The Lebanese Beirut team, which in turn succeeded in seizing the lead by goal difference from its compatriot Al Ariad, and the African Tunisian, after they shared a balance of five points, from two cases of victory and one loss, and resorted to determining the leader to the difference in direct confrontations, which was in favor of Beirut, despite its loss in the third round. In front of the Tunisian African (71-74), and followed by the African stumbling in front of Al-Riyadi in the fifth round (62-68), the last of which was the day before yesterday, Beirut’s victory over Al-Riyadi (88-76).
In turn, the Lebanese “Dynamo” deservedly snatched the lead in its first group with a full score and a balance of eight points, to set a date with the bottom of the second group, Sala Al-Maghribi, who finished fourth in his group with three points.
The technical director of the national team, Dr. Mounir bin Al-Habib, said: “The team enters the Beirut meeting, far from the calculations of victory and loss, in light of the continued search for strong friction experiences, especially for new faces and young elements, before the important maturity of the team on the 20th of this month, by participating in The second window of the Asian qualifiers in Qatar, with the ambition to snatch the qualification card for the third and fateful window next November.
He explained, “We did not present the required level in the penultimate match in the group league against the Libyan victory, before the situation changed in the Syrian Al-Wehda match, and the last qualification card for the quarter-finals was snatched.”
He added: «The team’s technical staff was keen throughout the group league, to give the new elements the required opportunities to be present for as long as possible on the field along with the elements of experience and young players, which we will focus on in front of Beirut, with the aim of giving (Al-Abyad) more experiences of strong friction. , and obtaining greater options when completing the recovery of the injured, in the presence of a substitute bench at the basic level when heading to Qatar to enter the second Asian window.
The African seizes “victory” and reaches the semi-finals
The African-Tunisian team booked its place in the semi-finals of the Dubai International Basketball Championship, after its victory over Al-Nasr Al-Libya, by 10 points (74-64), yesterday, in the opening of the quarter-finals.
The African set a date tomorrow in the Golden Square with the winner of the Lebanese Dynamo match with Morocco’s Sale, which will be held at nine in the evening today at the end of the quarter-final round.
The Tunisian African knew how to ensure his victory, with the African players gaining absolute advantage with the results of the second and third quarters (13-8 and 31-11), while the Al-Nassr players neglected the opportunity to gain the advantage with the results of the first and fourth quarters (25-16 and 28-14).
The end of the quarter-finals
Lebanese Beirut – UAE national team 19:00
Lebanese Dynamo – Moroccan Sale 21:00 from the stands of the “Dubai Basket”
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