Defending champions Bahrain lost to favorites Saudi Arabia 69-58 in their second match of the sixth GCC U-16 Basketball Championship played last night at Shabab Al Ahli in Dubai.
This was Bahrain’s first defeat in their second match, after winning their opener against Oman.
Saudi Arabai won the first two quarters 16-10 and 17-7 while Bahrain took the remaining quarters 23-20 and 18-16. Bahrain’s best scorers were Ammar Bucheeri with 17 points, Ammar Yousif with 14 and Ali Zainal with nine.
Saudi Arabia are now in with a chance to win the GCC title, having already won three matches. Their remaining match is against Oman, which is expected to be a one-sided affair.
Bahrain have another chance to qualify for next year’s Asian U-17 Championship. They need to win the two remaining matches against UAE and Qatar and grab the second spot as the top two teams qualify for the Asian event.
Today will be a rest day and matches will resume tomorrow when Saudi Arabia take on Oman at 4.15pm and Bahrain play hosts UAE at 6.15pm.
The championship will conclude on Friday with two matches with Bahrain taking on Qatar at 4pm and UAE facing Oman at 6pm.