WASL Heat Index: A look at some of the best performances in Week 6
BEIRUT (Lebanon) - It's been a few days since the West Asia Super League (WASL) but some performances were too notable to be easily forgotten about.
Just before the long break to give way to national team events, some players made sure to leave a lasting impression through their fine play, most of which enabled their teams to earn crucial wins that are shaping up the season moving forward.
Now, we present to you the WASL Weekly Heat Index, wherein we highlight and delve into some of the best showings of the week that was.
Orthodox Amman got their second win of WASL-West Asia by repeating over Al-Ittihad Ahli and playing a big role in it was Brandon Peterson.
The veteran bruiser turned in a stellar outing with a game-high 29 points on a 63.2-percent shooting clip, 16 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal for an efficiency rating of 39 in their 100-85 conquest of the Syrian side.
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And just how important their win was? The Jordanian club booted Al-Ittihad Ahli out of contention while securing at least a third-seed finish in Group A.
Al Sadd once again fell to the unbeaten Kuwait Club though there's no denying how brave Babacar Dieng's stand was in carrying the fight for his side.
Kuwait Club did eke out the 94-84 victory to go 4-0 in Group A of WASL-Gulf, but not before withstanding the toughness of the 25-year-old forward, who finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals.
Following that season-high outing, Dieng improved his averages to 20.3 points on 42-percent shooting, 12.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.8 steals.
Cody Lalanne has been one of Kuwait Club's reliables ever since and another proof of which was their conquest of Al Sadd on the road.
The 30-year-old center led his squad with 20 points on 50-percent field goal shooting, on top of 14 rebounds and a pair of blocks for an efficiency rating of 25 -- his third-best of the tournament -- in the 94-84 win.
Presently, Lalanne is among WASL-Gulf's top five scorers with 19.5 points, and also the third-best rebounder with 14.0 a night.
ZobAhan scored arguably their sweetest win to date by busting the unbeaten streak of Beirut Club much to the delight of the home fans in Tehran.
The Iranian squad received plenty of sterling contributions in the 79-72 triumph, particularly from lead floor general Sajjad Mashayeki, who finished with a double-double of 14 and 11 assists, alongside 4 rebounds and 4 steals.
It's worth noting that Mashayekhi has become the stabilizing presence ZobAhan needed, which he first showed in their conquest of Orthodox Amman that saw him finish with a season-high 24 points and 4 dimes.
Mustafa Rashed's numbers may not be as gaudy as those above but it's too good to overlook given its impact in Al Manama's win over Al Nasr Riyadh.
The spitfire guard scored 12 points all in the second quarter, spearheading his side's 30-point assault in the said period alone that set the tone for the eventual 105-74 romp of their Arab foes towards their third win in four games.
After that game, Rashed is now averaging 11.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.8 assists for Al Manama, who's currently second in Group B of WASL-Gulf.