Mahram close to winning title at FIBA Asia Champions Cup

JAKARTA, Indonesia, May 19 (MNA) -- Mahram qualified for the 20th FIBA Asia Champions Cup final game after brushing aside Al-Riyadhi of Lebanon on Tuesday.

In the match held at the Britama Arena Sportsmall in Jakarta, Mahram beat Al-Riyadhi 109 – 80, and will now play Zain of Jordan on Wednesday.

Iran’s Saba Battery has won the Champions Cup in the last two years. For Al-Riyadhi, it was their second successive defeat at the hands of an Iranian rival in the Champions Cup semifinal, having lost 68-70 to Saba last year in Kuwait.

Mahram, the Iranian league champions, completed their 6-0 run in the tournament. The team has already defeated the Philippines’ Smart Gilas, Lebanon’s Al-Riyadhi, Al-Qadsia of Kuwait, South Korean Sangmoo Army Club and Indian Young Cagers.

“We still have one more game to play before we reach our goal,” Mahram Coach Mostafa Hashemi said at the post-match news conference.

Scores:

* Mahram 109 (Jackson Vroman 27, Samad Nikkah 22, Priest Lauderdale 20)
* Al Riyadhi Beirut 80 (Nate Johnson 26, Ali Fakhreddine 14, Mohammad Ibrahim 14). 

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