KUWAIT CITY, Jan 17: The excitement continues in the 5th FBC/LBC Inter-hotel Basketball Conference as teams head into Round 2 of games for the regular season.
Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa are off to a promising start in the current round as they nabbed another 69-63 win against Symphony Style Hotel in the opener held at Mansouriya Al Arabi Gym on Friday morning.
The game was a bit of deja vu as Jumeirah faced off with Symphony for the second time in a row and claimed victory just as they did in their previous meeting.
Four players scored in double figures for Jumeirah while also drawing help from the bench as they rout Symphony anew. Castro (Best Player of the Game) and Resty led Jumeirah with 13 and 14 points, respectively, followed by Paul and Pamatpat with 12 points apiece. Fifth man Lipon contributed 9 points while Mendoza, Nielsen, and Adel combined for 9 points for the team.
On the other hand, Symphony rallied behind only two players putting up big numbers — Felipe (31 points) and Grismeyer (25 points). Two other players, Palaganas and Alaa, chipped in a total of 7 points for the team.
Jumeirah played a beautifully-synchronized offense early on to engineer a 24-10 beatdown of Symphony in the first quarter. Four of Jumeirah’s starting five connected on easy field goals in this quarter off sluggish defense by Symphony.
The second quarter saw Lipon playing lead for Jumeirah with reinforcements from the bench. Symphony continued to struggle in this quarter, with only Grismeyer and Felipe pulling out all stops to keep their team afloat. They trailed by 12 points at the close of the first half, 32-20.
Though Symphony picked up steam in the third quarter, it wasn’t enough to catch up on the scoreboard. Jumeirah’s starting five continued to display good ball movement which allowed them to stretch their lead to 51-36 as they head into the fourth quarter.
The last quarter painted a different picture as Symphony pulled off a 27-18 run behind a shootout between Grismeyer and Felipe. Jumeirah, however, countered with just enough shots to hold off the run and eventually come away with the 6-point win.
The win puts Jumeirah in the running for a top spot at the standings at 4-2. Symphony looked to extend their winning streak after defeating Movenpick and coming away with a surprise win against defending champions Holiday Inn. They now have to settle with a 2-4 standing with four more games to play in the second round.
Meanwhile, the second game of the day saw The Regency Hotel pick up a win against Movenpick Al Bidaa Hotel & Resort, 48-31. Regency improves to 3-3 while Movenpick remains winless at 0-6.
Both Symphony and Movenpick will seek redemption as they face off next Friday, back-to-back with a thriller square off between league leaders Crowne Plaza Kuwait and Holiday Inn Salmiya. For more schedule information, please contact Demos Arienda at 66082238.
By Kathrina Perea
Special to the Arab Times