Bahrain celebrates victory against UAE

Bahrain against UAE in yesterdays match
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Bahrain powered to a resounding 71-53 victory over the UAE last night to make a winning start to the Gulf Basketball Association (GBA) Men’s National Teams Championship, which tipped off yesterday in Kuwait City.

After beginning the game strongly and building a commanding early lead, the Bahrainis allowed their opponents back in the contest. But they took control once again towards the end with a 15-2 blitz starting the fourth quarter, which gave them a 21-point cushion and they were able to close the game out from there.

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The Bahrainis, coached by Serbian Darko Russo, raced out to a quick 16-6 lead at the beginning of the game and were up 21-9 to end the opening period. The Emiratis narrowed the gap in the second quarter but Bahrain still had a 34-27 advantage heading into the half-time break. In a low-scoring third, the UAE fought back to within 33-34 following an Omer Khalid jump shot, but the Bahrainis replied with seven unanswered points which helped them take a 46-38 lead into the fourth quarter. That set the stage for their game-changing rally, which was capped by a Buallay basket that made it 61-40 with just over five minutes remaining.

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The nationals enjoyed their biggest lead at 24 points the rest of the way. Bahrain will be looking to continue their winning ways when they play Qatar today at 5 pm. The Emiratis will be hoping to bounce back against their Saudi Arabia counterparts at 7 pm this evening.

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