Omar Saleh feels title is Al Mawakeb School's to lose
DUBAI //Omar Saleh believes Al Mawakeb School could become the Dubai basketball champions after starting their season with a convincing win.
The 17 year old and his teammates coasted to a 34-20 victory over Jumeirah College at Al Wasl Sports Complex on Saturday in the opening game of the first annual Dubai High School Basketball Championship. "We have a great team this year so why couldn't we win the championship," Saleh asked.
"We work hard and train almost every day, so we are a close group. We know each other's games really well so that's why I think we are in for a good season."
Mahmoud Jaber, the Jumeirah College captain, acknowledged his side passed up too many chances.
"We are disappointed," Jaber said. "We missed a lot of shots and had they gone in we would have given them a better game. Our game is based on pace, but we took a long time to get going."
In the second game of the day, International School of Choueifat Dubai thrashed Dubai International School 76-17. The competition will feature 10 schools in a two group round-robin format, culminating in a final four championship decider on January 20-21.
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Published: November 15, 2011 04:00 AM