AL GHARAFA coach Kousay Hatem had stressed on the importance of killer instinct after they lost the Qatar League title to El Jaish.
Gharafa players showed exactly what he meant by that as they dethroned the Armymen as Emir’s Cup winners at the Al Gharafa Indoor Hall last week.
After trailing in the first two quarters, Gharafa came back strongly in the next two to win 92-82 and end the season on a high. They had won the Qatar Cup as well.
“I’m happy with the performance. I was a bit upset after we missed out on the Qatar League title. We squandered crucial points after leading against Jaish in the deciding last-round match, but this time, we fought back and won,” Hatem told Doha Stadium Plus.
Sammy Monroe Jr, who top-scored 41 points, said, “We wanted to win the final. We never thought we would lose. The team stayed focused and poised.”
Monroe had a 66.67 per cent success rate and scored five three-pointers.
“Sammy delivers on big occasions. He scored almost half the team’s points to show his worth,” said Hatem.
Michael Taylor added 19 while Hassino Ndoye and Salem Abdulla chipped in with 12 and 10 respectively.
“I’m glad I was able to help my team win the title,” said Taylor.
Jaish, who were aiming for their third title of the season, had a good start and led after the first (23-19) and second quarters (44-43) only to fizzle out as Gharafa fought their way to the title.
Hatem’s side established a four-point advantage (65-61) in the third while the holders committed unnecessary fouls in the fourth.
For Jaish, James Davon (34), Hani Abilmona (17) and Saeed Erfan Ali (12) were the main scorers.