After a challenging year in 2020, Ball Above All is back in the basketball community in Dubai. With strict guidelines, the league is back in full swing and organizes 8 league categories a week. Men Elite, Semi-Elite, Division 3, Women Elite, Mixed, Youth Boys 12-15, Youth Boys 15-18 and Masters League (from 40 years). Week 2 of the first season of Ball Above All brought, as usual, some stunning games and competitive games.
The game of the week was without a doubt the Semi Elite Men game between Vikings and Dubai Flight. The game got to the point in the fourth quarter and both teams only had 4 players on the pitch due to bad problems. Eventually, the free throw dictated double overtime and, 10 seconds ahead, Azumah Divine hit a three to add 2 (92-90) to his Vikings. But Lloyd Eduto had other ideas with no timeouts on the clock; He directed the field from the baseline and responded with his own 3-point shot. Loyld ended up with an almost triple double with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists.
50C Ball played against Lakeshow and ended with a final score of 86-61 in favor of 50C Ball. Seraphin Mboma, 22, contributed a game with 19 points to close the deal. Desert Dawgs beat the Dubai Heat by a 54-point lead, Hamid Moini finished the game with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds.
The men’s elite games were competitive as usual. Dubai Fire beat Brotown 79-74 and Hamid Moeini scored another double to improve his team (22 points and 12 rebounds). Triple Threat defeated Dubai Heat 104-95 with former Lebanese pro AlHassan Dandash who scored 47 points in the game plus 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Michel Hakim also added 30 points. Falcons had a comfortable lead throughout the game against Yugoslavia, prevailing with a final score of 77-64. Recai Ozturk added 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead his team.
In the Women Elite League, Female Force played the BasicBall Academy, beating them 58-53. Ex-Jordanian Pro Rasha Abdo had almost three times the double performance of 24 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists.
In other news, the Division 3 league let Agents 971 beat the Bad News Bears 69-50, We Not Me won against Dragons, The must younger Hustlers won against Dubai Royals. Hoopers DXB defeated the LCT Squad, Black Panthers defeated the Dubai Bulls, All In Sports ended up with a 7 point lead over the Titans. The French team Les Bleus defeated DXB Magic 73-48 and in the last game of the D3 league, Dubai Fusion won against Flying Phoenix.
The Wreckers and King & Queens started the mixed league on Thursday, the Wreckers defeating the Kings & Queens 78-69. ManChestHair United def.Beauties & the Beasts 76-64. Los Inmigrantes also won 91-58 against Dubai Jedis.
Youth Boys 15-18 years finally started their first game. The Filipino team Last Shot beat the Penguins 66-45, King Cobras beat the All In Sports Youth Team 73-65, Sparsh Kadyan had a game with 31 points and 7 rebounds. The stat line of the night was without a doubt Alvin Tsela, who had an insane double-double performance of 36 points and 30 rebounds, a record in the Ball Above All-League, NY Elite defeating the Stars Basketball Academy 71-63.
Youth 12-15 years started its second week. Desert Raiders def. BasicBall Academy 80-37, Marc Kfoury had a game high of 23 points to improve his team. Ball Above All Academy won their game against Phases Academy 60-56, Mohamad El Masri had a triple double of 31 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists.
The Masters League had two blowout games with RHRN against Rock Skillz 81-46 and NMG against Amigos 89-60.
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