For the second straight week in Ball Above All’s Elite League, Dolphins pulled out a close victory as they edged Vipers 79-77 in round two of the recreational league’s new season.
Lloyd Edjuto and Augustine Bakali each scored 23 points to pace Dolphins, while Aristeed Mendy poured in 30 points, six rebounds and six assists to keep the Vipers in the game at Dubai British School.
However, Mendy’s last-second jump shot to send the game to overtime was off the mark, leaving the defending champions at 0-2 through the early stages of the new campaign.
In the early game, Bilal Abdullah put on a shooting show by splashing five 3-pointers to lead Binary Financial to a 70-64 win over Dubai Heat.
Abdullah finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds six assists and two steals as Binary Financial remain unbeaten. Through two games this season, he leads the league in points (29.0 per game) and 3-pointers made (13).
The final game saw Spartans blow out Dubai Flight 76-38 with ease.
Spartans used their pressure defence to nab 21 steals, which led to several fast-break opportunities and points.
Emmy Unaegbu scored 26, while team-mate Rey Nyadera impressed with a triple-double of 14 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists and five steals.
Dubai Flight have so far struggled to acclimate themselves since joining the Elite League as they sit at the bottom of the standing with a minus-82 point differential.
Ball Above All continues to deliver high quality leagues in Dubai, offering multiple divisions, pick-up games and a recently-launched Academy for all ages during Ramadan.
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