FIBA WASL Season 2 Weekly Heat Index: Opening week's finest
BEIRUT (Lebanon) - Week 1 of the FIBA West Asia Super League (WASL) witnessed didn't fall short of impressive individual performances that got social media buzzing.
Now we take a look at some of the finest showings of the new season's first week of action through our Weekly Heat Index. Did your bet make it? Take a look at the list below!
Hamad Hasan 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Hamad Hasan showed time and again why he's one of Kuwait Club's most important pieces after torching the debuting Muharraq, 108-92, in the season opener last November 13 in Bahrain.
The 26-year-old winger fired 28 points, registering by far the most points by a non-foreign player in FIBA WASL-Gulf League history. He shot an impressive 10-of-13 from the field including eight three-pointers, which are the most in the sub-zone league as well.
Hasan also collected 3 rebounds and 4 assists in the 25 minutes and 23 seconds he saw action on the way to an efficiency rating of 32, tied for second highest in the Gulf this season.
Mouhammad Faye 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
The other player who shares the no. 2 spot in efficiency in the Gulf League was Mouhammad Faye following a heroic performance to steer Al Rayyan past Al-Ahli Jeddah, 98-88, in a battle between FIBA WASL newcomers at the Green Basketball Court last November 14.
Tasked to help the youth-laden ball club's maturation process, the former Senegal men's team stalwart finished with 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists as he provided the much needed stability when the home team was coming back from a double-digit deficit.
The 38-year-old Faye shot 7-of-10 from the floor including a pair of triples, and also collected a steal and a block each to submit a full line in nearly 39 minutes of play.
Sina Vahedi 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Sina Vahedi helped Shahrdary Gorgan zoom to an early lead against Sagesse towards the eventual 86-74 victory in the FIBA WASL-West Asia League opener last November 15.
Hardly affected by the raucous crowd that filled up the Ghazir Club Stadium, the 22-year-old floor general delivered 23 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists for the Iran champions, which are coming in motivated to win the gold this time after a runner-up finish in the sub-zone last season.
Vahedi shot 9-of-17 from the field, highlighted by a 5-of-9 clip from deep in a turnover-less performance on his way to tallying an efficiency rating of 23.
Arsalan Kazemi 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Also a huge factor in Gorgan's conquest of the league debutants was Arsalan Kazemi, who once again showed that there's more to the game of basketball than scoring in bunches.
Though he only had 8 points, the Persian Prince's presence was greatly felt through his 18 rebounds, just two shy of the FIBA WASL all-time single-game record which he himself set when he was still with ZobAhan Isfahan during the West Asia League Third-Place Game last season.
Kazemi finished with a game-high efficiency rating of 28 as he also collected 4 rebounds, a pair of steals, and a block in the 30 minutes and 54 seconds he saw action.