Duhok Bas­ket­ball team reaches Asian Cup

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The Duhok Bas­ket­ball team reached the Asian Cham­pi­onship fi­nals af­ter beat­ing Ap­plied Sci­ence bas­ket­ball team 104-88 in the last game of the West Asian Cham­pi­onship.

The Bas­ket­ball team reached the Asian Cham­pi­onship fi­nals af­ter beat­ing Ap­plied Sci­ence bas­ket­ball team 104-88 in the last game of the West Asian Cham­pi­onship.

Shan­fil team of­fi­cially won the West Asian Cham­pi­onship ti­tle for the first time in its his­tory, af­ter Ira­nian Petrochimi beat the Syr­ian Jaiesh team 101-76 in the first matches on the last day of the tour­na­ment hosted by the Iraqi city of Duhok.

Many bright stars, whether they are lo­cal or pro­fes­sional for­eign­ers, ap­peared in this year’s cham­pi­onship Fea­tured in the West Asian such as: Amer­i­can Jeremy Massey and Fadi Khatib from the Le­banese team of Shan­fil, and An- thony Grundy and Ricardo Marsh from the Kur­dish team of Duhok.

The Asian Club Cham­pi­onship will be held in the Jor­da­nian cap­i­tal of Am­man next Septem­ber. The Emi­rati Al Ahli and Al Sadd also qual­i­fied to the most prom­i­nent Asian event as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Arab Gulf re­gion.

The fi­nal rank­ing of the West Asian Cham­pi­onship 14 Club are 1 – The Le­banese Shan­fil, 2 – The Ira­nian steel Ma­han, 3 – The Ira­nian Petrochimi , 4 – The Iraqi Kur­dish team of Duhok, , 5 - The Jor­da­nian Univer­sity of Ap­plied Sciences, 6 – The Iraqi Karkh team, and 7- Syr­ian Jaiesh team.

Un­like other Kur­dish clubs in the past decade, Duhok has paid great at­ten­tion to bas­ket­ball. The club has a long his­tory with the game. Duhok’s bas­ket­ball team was founded in 1972 and ac­cept- ed in the Iraqi league as a fourth­grade team. In the 1980s, the team was pro­moted to the sec­ond grade be­fore mov­ing up to the first grade in the early 1990s. The team joined the Iraqi pre­mier league in 2001 and se­cured fourth place.

Duhok be­came strong in 2009 when it won the Iraqi bas­ket­ball pre­mier league ti­tle for the first time in club his­tory. Duhok re­peated 2009’s win and be­come Iraqi cham­pion in 2010 and 2011. Duhok Gov­er­nor Tamr Ra­mazan has been a great sup­porter of the team, and the game, for the past three years. He en­cour­aged the team to sign out­side play­ers. To build the game for Kur­dish play­ers of the fu­ture, Ra­mazan opened a large in­door arena, opened a bas­ket­ball school in the city and hired an in­ter­na­tional coach to train lo­cal play­ers.

This pic­ture de­picts Duhok bas­ket­ball team.

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