Jamshidi, Gorgan crush Al Naft by 41 points for back-to-back wins
TEHRAN (Iran) - Gorgan stopped Al Naft on their tracks, 110-69, to get a win run going in WASL-West Asia, Wednesday night at the Azadi Basketball Hall.
Feeding off the energy given by the raucous crowd, the home team broke the game wide open in the second period and kept their foot on the gas all the way to the end on the way to resetting the biggest winning margin in the league.
Gorgan have now won their second straight by foiling the visitors' bid of winning their third in as many games, ultimately snatching leadership of Group B.
This defeat comes only a week after Al Naft beat group favorites Al Riyadi in Baghdad
Game heroes: Mohammad Jamshidi starred with a season-high 32 points, 17 of which he made in the first half as he bannered his side's 30-point explosion in the second quarter to establish a 49-32 lead at the break.
The veteran internationalist shot 59-percent from the field and also tallied 6 rebounds and 7 assists, together with 1 steal in 33 minutes.
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Perry Petty was instrumental in the dominant victory as well with his 25 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists.
Behnam Yakhchali supplied a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Salar Monji chipped in 12 markers and seven boards.
Sajjad Pazrofteh only scored 7 points but was undeniably a key factor in the triumph as he hauled down a record-tying 15 rebounds. He also had 2 assists, 2 steals, and a block for an all-around effort in nearly 29 minutes of play.
Turning point: Gorgan were actually trailing by a point late in the opening period until Pazrofteh and Jamshidi connected for a bucket inside.
It ignited a 12-0 run -- capped by a Petty triple -- that gave their side a 25-14 lead early in the second period, and they would never let up since.
The Iranian ball club went on to lead by as many as 42 points, 105-63, following Petty's lay-up approaching the game's final 2 minutes.
Stats don't lie: Gorgan shot 52-percent from the field that saw them knock down 11 triples, big thanks to the way they shared the ball as the squad dished out 24 assists. They also dominated the boards via huge margin, 54-33.
The hosts received 20 points from the bench, a huge difference from the 4 their foes got from the reserves. They also exemplified turning defense into offense by converting Al Naft's 16 turnovers to 19 points.
That same tenacity on defense limited high-scoring guard Edgar Sosa to just 24 points, lowly in his own standards as he averaged 35.5 points entering the match.
Petty had his best scoring game at WASL game with 25 points
They said: "At the beginning of WASL, we didn't prepare very well. But as the time goes on, we become better and better. I'm very happy tonight because everybody did their job very well, everybody took responsibility. They played together and really played as a team. " - Mehran Hatami, Head Coach, Gorgan
"It was a great game. Our captain, our leader, he started us off the right way on the offensive end making shots, and we all followed suit. More importantly, just defense. Everybody was locked in on the strategy and the gameplan Coach had for us. We worked extremely hard these last couple of days to be prepared for this team. We executed the gameplan perfectly, in my opinion, on defense. Our offense strived off our defense. We played good defense and it allowed us to get in transition, get some easy baskets, and make some good shots. " - Perry Petty, Gorgan
"We played three games last two weeks -- we played against Alkaramah, we played against Al Riyadi, and one in the Iraqi league. Our team, I feel like they are a little bit tired from three high-level games." - Khalid Deroish, Head Coach, Al Naft