Al Hala claimed their second successive victory in the Bahrain Basketball Association Cup, easing past Isa Town 113-69 in a Group B game at Zain Arena in Um Al Hassam last night.
Spearheaded by Da’Quan Cook, Hala put up a dominant display in either half as Isa Town fell to their second defeat in the competition, after going down to Riffa in the opener.
Isa Town, though, raised hopes of putting up a tough challenge early in the game. After Cook started off with two points and followed it up with a three-pointer, Mohamed Nabeel and Ahmed Altayeb sprang to action, taking Isa Town 9-7 ahead and later making it 11-7.
Al Hala, who defeated Samaheej in their opener last week, managed to stage a fightback, and, although they wasted two free throws, came right back into contention taking the first quarter 24-19.
Isa Town found the going tough in the second quarter as they took almost three minutes to score.
Free throws by Habib Sami and Mansoor Jaber fetched them four points, which was all they could manage in the first five minutes as Hala went on a scoring spree to go ahead 58-37 at half-time.
Hala’s lead swelled by 30 points by the end of the third quarter as Isa Town players failed to come up with the accuracy displayed by Jaber, their top scorer, who contributed 27 points, including five three-pointers.
The final canto saw Hala scoring with relative ease as they ended the game with a remarkable 44-point lead.
Cook scored 26 points for the winners. The other major scorers were Hasan Gerashi, who claimed 20 points, and Ahmed Jamal, who contributed 18.
Earlier, Muharraq put last week’s loss to Al Najma behind them, seeing off Sitra 117-86 in a Group A encounter.
Muharraq fell behind in the opening session by two points but came roaring back to lead by 12 points at half-time. Sitra, who defeated Al Ahli in the opener last week, managed to put their opponents under pressure in the third quarter, but could not prevent Kevin Murphy from lifting Muharraq to a commanding win in the end.
Murphy scored 38 points and he was well supported by Ali Rabeea with 27 points and Sayed Kadhem Majed with 18.
The tournament continues tomorrow when Al Ahli take on Al Ettihad in a Group A game at 5.30pm. Later in the evening, Al Najma will face Nuwaidrat, at 7.15pm. Both games will be played at Zain Arena.