Manama and Al Ahli won their Golden Square semi-final matches of the Zain Bahrain Basketball League at the Zain Arena in Um Al Hassam yesterday.
In the first first game, Manama outplayed Riffa 110-73 while Al Ahli held off Muharraq 76-70 in the other encounter.
Riffa managed to edge ahead 26-24 in the first quarter but Manama bounced back to take the other quarters 29-12, 29-14 and 28-21.
Manama’s Muhammad Hussain and Mustafa Hussein scored 20 points each while Mansour Casey was the top scorer for Riffa with 21 points.
Al Ahli went ahead 18-10 in the first quarter against Muharraq, who roared back to claim the second canto 23-11. The teams tied 22-22 in the third quarter and valiant effort by Al Ahli in the deciding quarter (25-15) helped them overcome Muharraq.
American professional Brandon Brown led the scoring for Al Ahli with 23 points and Ahmed Hassan was the top scorer for Muharraq with 24 points.
The second round of the Golden Square matches will be held on Sunday.