DOHA: Mikheil Berishvili fired Al Shamal to the top with a brilliant 42 individual points as the defending champions outplayed Al Wakrah 109-80 for their ninth victory in the Qatar Basketball League on Saturday.
Berishvili collected eight three-pointers off as many attempts and sank 16 two-pointers from 17 shots. He converted his both free throws as well.
As a result, Al Shamal dominated the opening and closing quarters – 31-18 and 35-23 – and shot to the top with 21 points from 12 games. George Tsintsadze shone to post 18 points and 16 assists.
Faris Avdic gained 17 points, while Aaron Mitchell and Emir Mujic added 14 and 11 points, respectively for the winners, whose biggest lead stood at 29 points (100-71) in the final 10 minutes.
Musa Muhajareen Abdul Aleem shot 31 for Al Wakrah. He was followed by Julius Coles with 24 points and Tevin Glass, who has nine points and 11 rebounds. This was the fourth loss for Al Wakrah, taking them to 20 points from 12 games. Al Arabi also have 20 but they have played only 11 games so far.
In another match, Al Rayyan also put in a strong show and cantered past Al Sadd 99-89. Trailing by 41-56 at the interval, Al Sadd staged some recovery and managed to reduce the margin with better performance in the pos-interval play.
Eric Lockett had a match-high 27 points, along with 11 rebounds for Al Rayyan. Guard Mohamed Hassan Mohamed also excelled and chipped in with 22 points, while veteran forward Tanguy Ngombo notched up 13.
For former champions Al Sadd, who are holding eighth spot now, Juan’ya Green and Babacar Dieng accounted for most of the points with 22 and 21, respectively. Justin Baker secured 18.ResultsAl Rayyan beat Al Sadd 99-89 (half-time 56-41)