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LGP and EIS make UAEHSBC semis
Moni Mathews / 12 February 2013
The first two games of the Dh50,000 first prize UAE High School Basketball Championship (UAEHSBC) playoffs tipped off this past weekend, featuring some of the nationís best high school programmes.
The second edition of the 3SM organised championship, is the biggest single stage schools basketball event where schools of all types of syllabi are eligible to participate.
Adham Gaama and Sami Samawi of Lycee Georges Pompidou (LGP) combined brilliantly for 36 points to power their in-form side 41-39 past the defending champions St Mary’s (STM) in the thrilling second quarter-final at the international class Al Wasl stadium, the venue for the event from the playoff stage.
In the first quarter-final, Emirates International School (EIS)-Jumeirah (EIS) beat Jumeirah Baccalaureate School (JBS) 36–26 in a low scoring, error prone affair.
Both teams looked a little disoriented as they played at the professional venue of Al Wasl indoor court for the first time.
Both teams were reduced to a couple of shots only per quarter as turnovers and fouls filled the game.
Saeed Al Rais led the way for EIS with 10 points and 11 rebounds and came through at crucial times as he hit a 3 pointer on the buzzer to end the 1st quarter, and laid off a great pass for a score at the end of the 3rd as well, both times to break a deadlock, a media analysis from the organisers said.
The 4th quarter had a different outcome as EIS where able to hold JBS scoreless for 5 minutes while they found spaces to score.
STM took control of the game early, as they jumped out ahead by 5 points after one quarter of play, and 18–15 to close out the half behind some key plays from Efram Haile and Justin Mercado.
LGP trailed the whole game until Walid Al Kara hit a 3-pointer to tie the game up 28–28 going into the final quarter.
Going back to the first last eight encounter, in the final moments of the game, STM’s leading scorer, Nicholas Mendoza capitalised on a breakaway lay-up to put STM ahead of LGP 39–38.
With 19 seconds of play remaining though, Sami Samawi drove into the lane with a sweeping lay-up to take LGP up 39-40.
STM committed a fatal turnover as they rushed the inbounds pass, allowing Samawi to steal the ball, and draw the foul.
With a freethrow scored, LGP earned the narrow victory.
The quarter-final stage concludes this weekend with Gems World Academy taking on New Indian Model School while the Universal American School play against the International School of Choueifat-Sharjah.
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