Doha, 5 November 2020 - Sammy Monroe scored a match-high 31 points as Al Arabi quelled the challenge of Al Sadd to win the Amir Cup for the second time at the Al Gharafa Indoor Hall.
Al Arabi, who first won the title in 2018, beat Al Sadd 87-78 yesterday after acing all quarters and leading for more than 34 minutes in the match.
Monroe, who was on the court for 36 minutes, scored 11 field goals besides nailing eight out of nine free-throws in a match that saw Al Arabi excel in all departments of the game.
“We knew it was going to be a tough match but we were confident throughout,” said Al Arabi coach Hatem Mamlouk.
“Sammy was excellent throughout but it was essentially a team effort where everybody played their part,” he added.
Monroe’s field goal accuracy was just 47.8% but he more than made up for it by providing seven assists, and he received enough help from Khaled Roushdy who came up with 24 points, including 12 from the three-point mark.
Al Arabi won the first quarter 23-15, the second 41-38 and the third 68-55 and although Al Sadd managed 23 points in the final 10 minutes, they fell well short of the target.
Captain Babacar Dieng was the top scorer for Al Sadd with 30 points, while Konstantinos Vasileiadis was the second best with 25. None of the other Al Sadd players managed double-digit scores.
“We tried our best but Al Arabi were the better team today,” said Al Sadd coach Vasileios Bratsiakos.
“I congratulate them on their success.”