Basketball: Zamalek win Egyptian Super League title after Ittihad thriller

Mahmoud Sheleib , Monday 28 Jun 2021

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

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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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