Binary Financial and Dolphins remain flawless in third week of Ball Above All's Elite League

Jay Asser 7/06/2018
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Dolphins' Lloyd Edjuto takes it to the basket.

Binary Financial and Dolphins continued to keep pace at the top of the standings in Ball Above All’s Elite League with their third victory in as many weeks.

In the first game of the night at GEMS Dubai American Academy Barsha, Binary Financial topped Spartans 81-68 as Ammar Farouq put on a show with 32 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Farouq sliced through Spartans’ defence at will to build up a sizeable lead. Spartans went on a run in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to single digits, but couldn’t complete the comeback as they suffered their second loss of the season.

Dolphins then took care of business against Dubai Flight with a 67-58 victory, pulling away late after a closely-contested game.With four players scoring in double figures – including Augustine Bakali who had 25 points, six rebounds, four assists and five steals – Dolphins’ firepower proved to be too much.

After struggling in their first two games, Dubai Flight showed fight and improvement in the loss.

The final game of the night saw Vipers edge Dubai Heat 82-78 behind Aristeed Mendy’s monster performance.

Vipers had four players contribute double-digit scoring with Mendy leading the way by dropping 37 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and six steals.

Mendy’s scoring average of 26.0 points trails only Binary Financial’s Bilal Abdullah (26.3) for top scorer on the season.

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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Dolphins come through in final seconds again in round two of Ball Above All's Elite League

Jay Asser 3/06/2018
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Ball Above All is two weeks into its Elite League season.

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.

Follow Ball Above All on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Register to play on www.BallAboveAll.ae.

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Prestige Star Sport Academy to send young basketball talents to Las Vegas to show off skills

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Kids will try out for the chance to head to Las Vegas with PSSA.

Dubai’s basketball players are shooting for a chance to win a trip of a lifetime to Las Vegas, to play alongside the top upcoming talent in the States.

Prestige Star Sport Academy (PSSA) is giving young athletes a chance to make it onto a team heading Stateside to play in front of NBA stars and American scholarship scouts, with a series of try-outs in Dubai.

Minjae Kang is one lucky prospect who has already booked his place on the plane. The 18-year-old student told Sport360°: “I’m hoping to get a basketball scholarship in the US so playing in Vegas should expose me to the scouts over there.”

Kang, who has been Dubai- based for the last eight years, added: “I’ve been training seriously for this for about four years and the dream for me would be to play in the NBA, but I’d just like to play pro overseas, maybe Korea.”

PSSA founder Dejan Kamenjasevic spoke on court at Dubai Sports World, saying: “The UAE is brimming with unbelievable basketball talent and it is our pleasure to give the region an opportunity to present this to the big shots of basketball in Las Vegas. Our mission at PSSA is to encourage sporting dreams and aspirations and we are doing just that by taking a junior team to Las Vegas and giving them the opportunity to play against the best teams in the US.”

Kamenjasevic himself played top-level basketball in Spain before moving to Dubai and setting up PSSA. “This is the most successful academy in the UAE, we can say that because of our growth over the last year,” he said. “We work with a lot of schools and universities across the UAE. The Vegas opportunity is the first time any academy from the UAE has gone stateside for something this big. Our job is to train the kids so they’re up to a good enough

standard to complete with the best in the US.”

The chosen team will take part in the three-week tour in July, which will see them practice and play basketball against the best teams in the US, as part of the prestigious Amateur Athletic Union Tournament.

Operating in over 30 locations throughout the UAE, PSSA offers high-level coaching services and specialises in harnessing and nurturing sporting talent with the help of ex-pros and specialists.

For a chance to be a part of the trip of a lifetime to Las Vegas, PSSA will be scouting for the last few spaces at Dubai Sport World until May 25. Hopefuls can sign up via [email protected]

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