The International Basketball Federation, originally known as Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) is an alliance of nationally owned organizations that govern the sport of basketball internationally. The FIBA Asia Cup (initially called the FIBA Asian Championship) is an international basketball tournament that is played once every four years between the men’s basketball teams of Asia and Oceania. Over the years the popularity of basketball as a sport has grown tremendously. Tournaments like this prove out to be major motivators for the youth and hence this tournament is gaining increasing attention. On the gameday 3 of the tournament, we will see Saudi Arabia facing Palestine in the group phase.
On comparing the stats, we find that both the teams have by far similar strengths in their squad. However, Palestine has a small edge. The field goal percentage of Palestine is 41% whereas Saudi Arabia is slightly behind with 38%. Defensively, Palestine has around 50 rebounds which include 32 defensive and 17 offensive and on the contrary, Saudi Arabia has 45 rebounds in total (31 defensive and 15 offensive).
The rivalry between the teams is fairly new and the teams have met only once before. The game was played in the Asia Men’s Basketball games tournament and Saudi Arabia won the game by 89-71.
Saudi Arabia: Khalid M Abdel Gabar, Nassir Abo Jalas, Osama Albargawi, Ayoub Alhawsawi, Mohammed Adam A Alhosawe, Mathna Almarwani, Mohammed Almarawani, Ahmed Almukhtar, Mohammed Alsager, Jaber Kabe, Musab Tariq M Kadi, Ali Shubayli Mohammed ALSUWAILEM.
Palestine: Kyndall K K Dykes, Omar M O Eldiraoui, Jamal M M Mayali, Ahmed Haroon, Tamer Habash, Sani Sakakini, Wasim Mesk, Ibrahim M M Aburahal, Michel I J Almassri, Salah W S Halawani, Ibrahim B S Jawarish, Ramzi A I Qumsieh, Jack D Y Sabat, Elias A M Sawalha.
Khalid M Abdel Gabar: The 30-Year-old guard is currently the top performer for the side. In the previous games, he has played a total of 227 minutes and has a 2 point shooting accuracy of
50.9%. He averages 4 rebounds per game and has 4.3 assists per game according to the statics. The player is expected to continue his form to bring home the side some valuable points.
Mohammed ALSUWAILEM: The 23-year-old center has some interesting stats. The player averages a 68.4% accuracy in free throws and has a total of 11.2 rebounds per game. Although he is not that good at assisting his versatility on the court has helped Saudi Arabia clinch numerous victories and is looked forward to continuing doing the same.
Sani Sakakini: The player is currently the top-rated for his side. Playing as a power forward he has shown amazing skills offensively. The 32-year-old has 51.9% shooting accuracy for 2 pointers and a whopping 78.9% shooting accuracy in free throws. The player is also considerably efficient in rebounds and has an average of 12.8 rebounds per game.
Kyndall KK Dykes: The 33-year-old is a strong shooting guard. In the tournament, he has 21.5 points along with 7.8 rebounds and 6.3 assists on average. Although the statics arent that attractive he has proved to be a strong contender for the decisive player for the team.
The teams are in search of some valuable points and the match can be expected to be a close one. We expect Saudi Arabia to come out to be a winner considering their form of winning 4 of their 7 games whereas on the flip side Palestine have won only 2 in their 7 previous matches. Click To Tweet
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