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FIBA Asia champ
29/07/2007UAE/ KUW - Haji, the toast of Emirates

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TOKUSHIMA (FIBA Asia Championship) - Emirates posted the most dramatic victory of the Championship thus far, pipping Gulf zone rivals Kuwait by the proverbial whisker of a margin and at the proverbial post, on Sunday.

With 00:07seconds left on the clock, point guard Jassim Haji turned a 67-68 deficit into a 69-68, eventually victory, margin, with his swift and speedy lay-up.

Haji's counterpart on the Kuwaiti front Rashid Alrabah attempted to reply that last ditch effort in a similar manner, but the forward's drive-in seconds later came off the ring.

UAE, who trailed Kuwait for the better part of the encounter, thus bagged their first full points of the Championship.

UAE 69 (Jassim Haji 15, Ayoub Albalooshi 13, Rashed Alzaabi 10) bt Kuwait 68 (Saqer Hasan 15, Osamah Mubarak 14). Quarterwise: 16-20, 32-38, 49-53.

S Mageshwaran