KUWAIT: Hundreds of spectators lined up to witness the top 16 basketball talents from Kuwait competehead- to-head for the prestigious title of Red Bull King of the Rock. The event held at Radisson Blu hotel, started at 7 pm and the competition became fierce as the single elimination 1-on-1 games moved further through the brackets.
The 16 players relied on endurance and composure as they battled through fierce competition, humidity and cold temperature. The action was intense and almost nonstop throughout the championship. However, there can be only one king, and at the end of the night, it was Ebrahim Al Shemary who was left standing to take the trophy. In the final, Al Shemary managed to clinch the title with a hard-fought victory against Fares Al Fadhli.
The game went to overtime tied at 10. Both players traded baskets but at the end, only two points (14-12) decided Al Shemary’s victory. “It was a tough battle,” said Al Shemary. “Red Bull King of the Rock was an unbelievable experience, the atmosphere, the crowd and the players were amazing. The level at this year’s tournament is very high. I was so tired in the final, but I had to keep going and not let my fans down. I trained very hard and will train harder to represent Kuwait in the best possible way at the World Final in Turkey.” The fourth edition of the Red Bull King of the Rock Kuwait was held at a unique and iconic surrounding with Al Hashemi boom and the lit castle wall serving as a background. Al Hashemi is the largest dhow ever built, and one of the largest wooden ships in the world today.