Final (10:00 AM-11:00 AM) Saturday, Jul 1, 2006
  1 2 T
Humazah (8-1-0) 17 31 48
Kawthar (6-3-1) 11 29 40

They may be free, but you still have to hit them Jul 4, 2006
by Teepu Khawja  

This game pitted the #2 Humazah squad against the #3 Kawthar squad. In the regular season Humazah rolled to a 52-43 victory behind a big game by Mohammed Sayeed, but he was unable to attend today’s match-up; definitely good news for Kawthar.

In this game’s preview I stated that Kawthar would have to watch out for Humazah's Feroz Khan who had been on a tear in the last 2 games, especially from behind the 3-pt arc, and that Kawthar would need big games from Martin and Adit. So how did my prediction go?

Well, Sayeed was absent and from the stats sheet it seems as if Feroz Khan essentially was too as he finished with 0 points and 4 rebounds. So how did Humazah not only stay in the game but win it? A big game did come from Martin with 20 points and 8 rebounds but Adit was only able to contribute 5 points and 5 rebounds. Despite these facts, this game was still relatively close and Kawthar has to be disappointed with themselves because of the key behind their loss; it stands out from the stat sheet. Kawthar only managed to hit 1 for 10 from the free throw line in the first half and finished the game shooting only 5 for 20 from the “Charity” stripe. Missed free throws cannot be blamed on anyone other than the shooters. For Humazah, Ahsan Raza and Sean Grant picked up the slack for Sayeed’s absence and Feroz’s poor game as they chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds and 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively. This was a low scoring affair with a 17-11 halftime lead for Humazah that ended in a 48-40 Humazah win. From such a low scoring game it is obvious that free throws would be key, and Kawthar was just not able to capitalize despite getting 20 free throw attempts compared to Humazah only getting 7 free throw attempts all game.