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CBL final gameweek to shape QF matches

The final gameweek of the Cambodian Basketball League featuring three matches at the Beeline Arena on Sunday will determine the pairings for the eight-team play-offs beginning on November 23.

A CCPL Heat player (in black) and a Galaxy player contest a rebound in their CBL game
A CCPL Heat player (in black) and a Galaxy player contest a rebound in their CBL game. SRENG MENG SRUN

Out of the six teams hitting the floor, NSK Dream, Galaxy and Post Buffaloes are already out of post-season reckoning while their rivals, IRB the Lord, Pate 310 and Sela Meas will be keen to end the round robin phase on a winning note.

As the youngest side in the competition, NSK Dream pulled off a few good wins over moderate opposition, though they clearly struggled against well established teams.

The side will run into second-ranked IRB The Lord in their final fixture from 10am, hoping to put up a reasonably good fight. Despite suffering two setbacks during the season, The Lord have managed to stay behind the runaway Alaxan Patriots as the second ranked side.

Beaten in a close call by Sela Meas last week, Pate 310 will be taking out that frustration on Galaxy, who have been found wanting throughout the season both in offence and defence. Key player Kelvin Chan’s return to the Galaxy fold is unlikely to hold out any great threat to Pate in the game that tips off at 2pm.

At 4pm, the third ranked Sela Meas face 10th ranked Post Buffaloes, who have been hailed as the team with the best fighting spirit.

Absence of a tall player in the Sela Meas roster could be exploited by the Buffaloes to the extent that Jay Roden may prove a real headache for the all-Cambodian side.

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