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Strong Group now 2-0 with rout of Al-Nasr

Another day, another impressive performance from Shabazz Muhammad. PBA Images (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Strong Group stayed undefeated in the Dubai International Basketball Championship after whipping Libyan club Al-Nasr, 93-76, early Sunday (Philippine Time) at the Al-Nasr Sports Club in Dubai.

Unlike its opener against the United Arab Emirates, Strong Group waxed hot at the beginning, opening a 24-6 lead midway through the first quarter.

Strong Group never looked back from there, although Al-Nasr ended the game on a 7-0 run to cut the final margin to a more respectable one.

Shabazz Muhammad continued to display consistent brilliance by leading the now 2-0 Strong Group with 26 points, while fellow former NBA veteran Renaldo Balkman added 18.

Donte Lamnot led Al-Nasr with 22 markers.

Strong Group will take a day off before returning to action early Tuesday (Philippine Time) against Syrian side Al-Wahda.

Al-Wahda is at the bottom of Group A following blowout losses to Al-Nasr and Dynamo.

The Scores:

Strong Group PH 93 - Muhammad 26, Balkman 18, Barefield 14, Baltazar 10, Andrade 9, Quiambao 9, Young 3, Lastimosa 3, Lao 1, Gozum 0, Fornilos 0, Cagulangan 0.

Al Nasr Libya 76 - Lamnot 22, Babatond 14, Mbaye 11, Ihmaydah 10, Buzgaiya 9, Mohammed 4, Mohamed 2, Ramadan 2, Aljali 2, Omar 0, Algharabi 0, Alrashedi 0.

Quarters: 37-21, 56-46, 81-58, 93-76.

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