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Basketball: Zamalek win Egyptian Super League title after Ittihad thriller

The Whites extended their title record to reach their 14th Super League title, ahead of Ittihad who have 13 titles

Mahmoud Sheleib , Monday 28 Jun 2021
(Photo: Al-Ahram)

Zamalek clinched the Egyptian Basketball Super League after defeating Ittihad of Alexandria 84-80 in the fifth round of the play-offs, finishing the series 3-2 for their side.

Ittihad had an overwhelming victory of 83-56 in the first game, then Zamalek claimed back-to-back wins 80-70 and 74-69 respectively, before the Alexandrian side revived their chances by winning in the fourth game 81-79, only to then lose the decisive game.

Ittihad got in the lead 29-25 after the first quarter, before Zamalek came back to end the second quarter winning 48-42, then the Alexandrian side bounced to 67-62 at the end of the third.

However, they struggled at the beginning of the fourth half, and the fourth quarter ended in a 73-73 draw.

Going into extra time, Ittihad of Alexandria seemed nervy and the players made some naive mistakes, allowing the Whites to grab 84-80 lead and claim a hard-fought win.

The Whites won a record 14th Super League title ahead of Ittihad, who have 13 titles.

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