Al Hilal register biggest win in WASL with 32-point decimation of Al Bashaer
RIYADH (Saudi Arabia) - Al Hilal rewrote WASL's developing history books following their dominant 86-54 victory over Al Bashaer to remain unbeaten in WASL Gulf League on Monday night at the Green Basketball Court in Riyadh.
Unlike in their season opener, the home team no longer needed to dig deep to eke out the win as they hardly faced resistance from their counterparts since taking control of the match in the second period, leading to the record-setting night.
Clint Chapman scored 34 points and registered 12 rebounds
Al Hilal registered the biggest winning margin in the league to date at 32, eclipsing the 23 set by Al Naft in their 89-66 conquest of Alkaramah in West Asia action last week.
More importantly, they now share leadership of Group A with Shabab Al Ahli-Dubai, who escaped Kazma, 91-86, earlier in the night to go 2-0.
Game heroes: The towering tandem of Clint Chapman and Mohamed Alsuwailem proved too much to handle for the visitors, who fell to 0-2.
Chapman led the way with 34 big points on 14-of-26 shooting from the field, together with 12 rebounds, an assist, 2 steals, and a block for an efficiency rating of 37.
His front-court partner, on the other hand, tallied 15 points -- highlighted by a pair of triples -- and 17 rebounds to finish with his second straight double-double.
Last game's hero Khalid Abdel Gabar was held to just single digits after dropping 29 in their narrow win over Kazma, but still contributed significantly with his 8 points, 8 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals in a little over 23 minutes of play.
Put to naught by their collective showing were the efforts of Aaron Clyde Parks in leading Al Bashaer with 22 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals.
Turning point: Al Hilal was clinging to a slim 4-point lead, 22-18, about a minute into the second quarter until Chapman got sent to the charity stripe.
The 6-foot-10 forward sank both of his free throws, and those shots proved to be the spark of an 11-0 run -- a stretch Alsuwailem got involved as well -- towards a 33-18 lead with under six minutes remaining in the said period.
Al Hilal entered the halftime break with a 42-32 lead and they would never let up the rest of the way, dropping 27 points in the third chapter alone to establish a commanding 69-46 advantage entering the game's final 10 minutes.
Stats don't lie: Al Hilal shot 49-percent from the floor, and made sure to turn Al Bashaer's 16 turnovers into gold with 12 points. They also scored in transition better, 23-11, and received more support as they got 17 bench points compared to 4.