MANAMA (Zain Bahrain Cup) - Al Manama completed a 2-0 rout of Al Ahli with a 105-81 win on Tuesday to claim the 2011 Zain Bahrain Cup crown.
Manama had beaten Al Ahli 96-85 on Friday to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three Finals series.
American Darius Rice – who had 27 points and 11 rebounds in Friday’s win – was once again the leader of Manama’s romp.
The 29-year-old had a mammoth game with 35 points and 13 rebounds in the cup clinching victory.
“My teammates have really made me feel like a part of the family since I've arrived," Rice told Bahrain media. "I'm glad to have helped Manama win this title.
“I love championship games. They bring out the best in me.”
Talismanic forward Ahmed Al Mutawa - who returned to don Manama colours after a few seasons in Kuwait - had an all-around game with nine points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.
“This is like a dream,” he said afterwards. “We worked hard for this, but it's not over yet; we are now going to fight for the league championship.”
Manama currently top Bahrain Premier League standings with an 8-1 mark followed by Al Ahli and Al Muharraq both with identical 7-2 records.
Point guard Ahmed Abdulaziz accounted for 20 points for Jason Rabedeaux’s team.
Manama jumped out to a 27-16 first quarter lead and pulled away some more for a 59-33 halftime cushion. The game was pretty much wrapped up by then as Al Ahli couldn't make a strong run after the break.
Maytham Jameel had a game-high 30 points for Ahli. American Marquin Chandler had 23 points before fouling out.
Sheikh Khalid Abdulla Al Khalifa, the Bahrain Olympic Committee chief, gave away the prizes.