Qatar cagers clinch 3x3 gold


Al Annabi defeat Iraq 22-12 in final; Silver for Qatar cueists
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Ashgabat
Qatar 3x3 basketball men won the gold, while the cueists added a silver to their overall medal haul at Ashgabat 2017 the 5th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games on Sunday.
The Qatar cagers came up with a clinical show as they beat Iraq 22-12 comfortably in the gold medal clash at a packed basketball arena.
Qatar's player Erfan Saeed (wearing jersey No. 11) scored the highest 11 points, followed by Tanguy Ngombo (6), Abdulrahman Saad (4) and Nedim Muslic (1). For Iraq, Hassan Abdullah scored six points.
Speaking of their super show, Erfan Saeed said,"We came here to win it all and we have succeeded in our mission. We all are very happy to be going home with the gold medal.
"Basketball is very popular in Qatar and tonight we added one more success to the book," he added.
On his outstanding match, including consecutive two-point shots, he said:"I kept the best of myself for the end. Although we had to play two tough games in an evening we didn't feel pressure and proved our confidence.
"I am the captain of this team and have lots of experience. Today I decided to shoot from outside rather than go inside, in order to avoid their big guy. It worked, I think."
Iraq had to contend with the silver medal. They still felt it was a good result for them. Ali Ismael of Iraq said,"It is a big result, which makes us very proud. We didn't have such a success in the past and hopefully it will become a new starting point for 3x3 basketball in our country."
About Qatar's fierce play, he said,"Qatar are a really excellent team. You can't play against them, because they are strong inside and outside. We tried to stop them, but it was impossible."
Earlier in the evening, Qatar edged past Mongolia 15-14 with Tanguy Ngombo scoring the most 7 points.
Silver for Qatar cueists
In snooker, Qatar lost to Iran 0-3 in the final with Vafaeli Ayouri sinking the winning shot as he partnered Amir Sarkhosh in the doubles against Ali Nasser al Obaidly and Ahmed Saif of Qatar.
Ayouri was introduced to snooker at age six by his father Asghar, but he passed away when he was 15 and he dedicated this triumph to him.
"Everything I have is from him and everything I learned, I learned from him," Ayouri said.
On Thursday, Ayouri's team-mate Soheil Vahedi had claimed Iran's second-ever billiards medal, a silver in the men's 6-Red snooker singles, but now Iran finally has gold.
"It is very pleasing to have overcome that hurdle,"Vahedi said."It is always difficult when you do something for the first time. It becomes easier the next time so I am not only happy with this one, but also that we can win the next event."
Qatar's Obaidly did not make any excuses, saying the team were simply not focused.
"We were not on it. We did not play our game, we were switched off,"Obaidly said.
"I had one chance in the first frame and I didn't take it. They took their chances, we didn't and that's it.
In chess, Qatar's Chen Zhu scored a win against Vietman's Phung Kim Thi Vo in the women's category. In the men's section Qatar's Mohammed al Sayed beat Krygyzstan's Semetey Tologontegin while Qatar's Aziz Husein Nezad was held to a draw by Lebanon's Fadi Eid.