The defending champions, Neighborhood Club, successfully defended their title by overpowering Omega Club in Essa Laboratories Basketball Tournament 2019, which concluded at Arambagh basketball court, Karachi.
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Karachi Basketball Association (KBBA) President, Ghulam Muhammad, KBBA in collaboration with Essa Laboratories and Diagnostic Center jointly organized, Essa Laboratories Basketball Tournament into its fourth successful edition, where a total of 12 teams battled it out to earn the title of this tournament.
The total 12 participating teams were divided into four groups, some of which includes: Dr Essa Abdullah IX, Michael Turner IX, Karachi Basketball Club (KBC), Arambagh Basketball Club, Neighborhood Basketball Club, Omega Basketball Club etc.
The venue for the event was Abdul Nasir Courts in Arambagh, Karachi and all the matches were played on league basis.
The final of tournament was seen between the defending champions, Neighborhood Basketball Club and Omega Basketball Club, where the defending champions successfully defeated their opponents 50-47 to retain their title.
Abdullah Shah scored the game-high 16 points for the winners with assistance from Raja Jahanzeb, who added 14 points along with Sami Gilani who added 12 points.
For the losing side, Taimur Zaheer scored 12 points, Abbas Abid Qaim Khan and Usama Khalid added 10 points each but couldn't earn their team the title victory of the tournament.
Abbas Qaimkhani of Omega Club and Sami Gilani of the title winners were declared joint Man of the Match.
Later Col (R) Syed Baseer Ahmed, Sports Manager KPT, was the chief guest who witnessed the final winner being decided and at the end gave away trophies and individual prizes to high achievers.
Essa Lab Chief Executive, Dr Farhan Essa Abdullah was the honorable chief guest at the opening ceremony who declared the event open and Essa Lab Director Sports, Maryam Farhan Essa was the guest of honor.
Mr Tariq Hussain was the Organizing Secretary of the event while Mr Muhammad Arshad was the Media Coordinator.