Omar Saad nailed two free-throws with just 10 seconds remaining to help Al Sadd reach the final of the Amir Cup with a thrilling 78-77 victory over Al Wakrah at the Al Gharafa Sports Club yesterday.
Al Wakrah, on a high since winning the Qatar Cup for the first time last month, led for almost 32 minutes of the match but were left ruing their luck after Al Sadd produced a gallant comeback in the final few minutes to steal victory from the jaws of defeat.
Al Wakrah led 66-54 going into the final quarter before Al Sadd came up with an explosive performance which saw them score a whopping 24 points.
With Al Wakrah leading 77-76 and the clock ticking away, Ahmad al-Darwish committed a foul resulting in two free-throws for Al Sadd. Omar Saad scored off both and Al Sadd held on to their slender lead to earn a title clash with Al Arabi, who accounted for Al Ahli 80-74 in the second semi-final.
Vladimir Dasic was the top scorer for Al Sadd with 22 points, while Babacar Dieng and Konstantinos Vasileiadis had 17 and 16 respectively.
Omar Saad scored only 10 points but five of them came in the crucial final two minutes of the game. For Al Wakrah, Julius V Coles was the top scorer with 23 while Abdelrehman Abdelhaleem had 18.
In the second semi-final, Sammy Monroe was the star as Al Arabi led for 39.48 minutes to edge out neighbours Al Ahli. Monroe also provided seven assists and was ably supported by Ater Majok who scored 21 points as Al Arabi led throughout the match. For Al Ahli, Rohndell Goodwin top scored with 26 while Ndoye Seydou had 17.The final will be played on Wednesday.
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