LESTER Ferguson and Fadhel Abbas registered a rare “40-40” last night as they combined for a whopping 83 points to spearhead Bahrain Club to a resounding 121-73 victory over Samaheej in the 2018/2019 Zain Bahrain Basketball League.
Ferguson finished with 42 points while Abbas added 41 as they alone outscored their opponents in the one-sided contest.
In yesterday’s other game, Al Ettihad used a late surge to defeat Bahrain’s under-18 national team 85-77.
Both fixtures were part of the first night of Week Nine in the league’s new season. They were both played at Zain Basketball Arena in Um Al Hassam.
In Bahrain Club’s win, Ferguson and Abbas were in a class of their own and they didn’t let up despite lifting their team to leads as big as 55 points.
They turned a 25-12 advantage after the first quarter to a 64-25 cushion at the half. At the end of the third, their hot shooting almost got them to 100 points, but they were just three points shy with a 97-45 lead.
With a virtually insurmountable gap, they took their foot off the gas in the final canto although still managed to go ahead 107-52 on a Ferguson dunk with just under seven minutes still to play in the game.
The six-foot, 10-inch Ferguson was near-perfect from the field, shooting an impressive 18-for-20 while also taking down 15 rebounds and three blocked shots. Abbas took 33 shots and made 16, including four three-pointers. He also had four assists and four steals.
Khalid Ali was able to contribute 18 points in the win.
Hussain Busafwan paced Samaheej with 19 points while Mujtaba Ismaeel had 18 and Ahmed Mohammed Jaffar 14 in the loss.
With the result, Bahrain Club claimed only their second win in seven tries while Samaheej stayed winless with eighth successive defeats.
Meanwhile, Ettihad used a strong fourth quarter to rally against their young rivals and claim the come-from-behind win.
Ettihad faced a slim 16-17 deficit after one, which became 34-39 at the half. But in the third, they started to crawl back and they cut the margin to just a single point, 56-57, heading into the final frame. That set the stage for their fine fourth-quarter showing, where they outscored the nationals by nine, 29-20, to claim the victory.
Serbian big man Mile Ilic made the most of his size-advantage and scored 22 points while grabbing 18 rebounds. Sayed Mohammed Hameed added 20 and Hashem Alwadaie had 14.
Mustafa Hussain had 26 points, including six three-pointers, in the losing effort. Mozamel Ameer chipped in with 13, 14 rebounds and six assists.
League action continues tonight with another two games on the cards. At 5.45pm, current league leaders Muharraq Club take on Nuwaidrat, followed at 7.45pm by Al Ahli facing Al Hala.