AL ETTIHAD upset defending champions Manama 88-86 last night in a thrilling Round of Six encounter in the 2018-2019 Zain Bahrain Basketball League.
Sayed Mohammed Hameed scored the winning basket with nine seconds remaining on a fast-break lay-up.
Earlier, Ettihad erased an 11-point deficit with six minutes to go in the fourth quarter en route to a thrilling victory.
Sharp-shooting guard Ali Ghadeer had a crucial role in the comeback, connecting on four of his seven three-pointers in the final period alone.
Manama had a chance to tie or take the lead after Hameed’s decider, but Hussain Shaker’s attempt under the basket was blocked by Ettihad’s seven-foot Serbian import Mile Ilic and then a Mohammed Ameer off-balance desperation attempt on the ensuing inbounds was way off.
Ghadeer finished with a team-high of 29 points. Ilic had 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists while Hassan Helal added 15 and Hameed 14.
America import Wayne Chism led Manama with 27 points and 18 rebounds in the loss. Ahmed Aziz chipped in with 16.
The result earned Ettihad their first win of the Round of Six while Manama suffered their first loss the entire season.
In yesterday’s other game, Muharraq defeated Al Najma 94-85 to claim their first win at this stage.
Najma fell behind by as many as 19 points but a furious 17-4 rally in just four minute brought them to within six, 76-82. Muharraq were able to answer, however, and a pair of three-pointers from Ali Abbas and Ahmed Hassan Aldurazi helped secure the final result.
American professional CJ Giles had 34 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks in the win while Bader Abdulla Malabes chipped in with 24 markers.
US import Kevin Rogers led Najma with 33 points.