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Photos: Iran's Mahram Defeats Lebanon to Win West Asian Basketball Clubs Trophy

Source: Fars News Agency; photos by Mohsen Norouzi-fard, Mehr News Agency

Iran's Mahram basketball club won the 2012 West Asian Champions Cup after winning Lebanon's Al-Riyadi 96-86 in the final match at Azadi Indoor Stadium in Tehran Monday night.

Mahram downed the Beirut-based team 96-86 (31-13, 19-21, 30-34, 16-18) at the full-packed Azadi Basketball Hall in Tehran.

The best-of-five series was tied 2-2 and the two sides went head to head in the last showdown.

Mahram made a stormy start and opened up a 15-point lead midway through the first quarter.

Samad Nikkhah Bahrami was on top of the score sheet with 28 points and Mahram's Senegalese former NBA player Pape Sow had 11 rebounds and four assists.

Mahram never allowed Al-Riyadi to get closer than 10 points in the other three quarters to wrap up the game 96-86 to secure its third West Asian title in four years.

The 2012 West Asian Basketball League was the second season of the modern era of the West Asian Basketball League.

The competition serves as a qualifying tournament for the FIBA Asia Champions Cup.

The West Asian Basketball League, known as the WABA Champions Cup between 1998 and 2010, is the West Asian club championship, organized by the West Asia Basketball Association every year.


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