SITRA last night edged out Isa Town 85-78 while Al Ettihad pipped Samaheej 87-77 in two see-saw battles in the Zain Bahrain Basketball League at Zain Arena in Umm-ul-Hassam.
The winners led right through in both the matches but fortunes fluctuated wildly as each quarter threw contrasting figures in both the matches.
Sitra were fastest off the blocks as they raced to 20-8 lead by the end of the first quarter but Isa Town turned the tables in the second, winning it 21-13, but that dramatic change in performance could not prevent the winners taking a four-point (33-29) lead into half-time.
Sitra regained the momentum in the third with an emphatic 32-17 victory for a commanding 65-46 lead by the end of the third quarter.
The fourth quarter had in store even more dramatic moments as Isa Town once again outplayed Sitra (32-20) but even such a dominant performance could not save the day for them as the early lead proved insurmountable in the ultimate analysis.
It was Sitra’s fifth victory from 11 matches and it was enough to let them leap over Bahrain Club into seventh place with 16 points.
Isa Town’s 11the successive defeat from 11 matches see them stuck at the bottom of the 12-team league.
Mohammed Abdulla was Sitra’s singular hero as he top scored with 26 points (4 three-pointers, five rebounds and five assists).
Milos Macura (17) and Mahdi Abdulameer (15) led Abdulla admirable support with useful contributions.
Mohammed Nabeel waged a spirited battle single-handedly for Isa Town scoring 23 points, 15 rebounds and one assist while S Mohammed Habib (16) and Mansoor Jaber (14) also got into doubles figures.
The match between Al Ettihad and Samaheej, which the former won 87-77 (24-13, 15-16, 23-22, 25-26), was equally dramatic as the quarter scorers clearly indicate.
Ammar Mohammed Shabaan (21 points, 3 three-pointers, three rebounds and five assists) and Ali Ghadeer (19, 9 rebounds and 8 assists) combined brilliantly under both boards to plot a deserving victory.
It was Ettihad’s second victory from 11 matches and they stay 10th with 13 points while for Samaheej it was their 10th defeat from 11 matches and they stay a rung below with 12 points.
Four players reached double figures for Samaheej with Antwan Wilkerson the top scorer with 21 points and an astounding 26 rebounds. Ahmed Fateel and Hussain Busafwan contributed 15 points each while Basel Adel compiled 10.
6pm: Bahrain Club vs Riffa. 7.45pm: Al Hala vs Nuwaidrat.