Fresh from their morale-boosting win over Ganzberg in a tight finish last week, Phnom Penh Dragons are well primed to face all-Cambodian Sela Meas at the Beeline Arena on Saturday in the Cambodian Basketball League sponsored by Western Union and Coca-Cola.
The Dragons turned around two disappointing defeats by producing a strong all-round show against Ganzberg and are keen on retaining that winning touch against Sela Meas, who were most disconcertingly touched off in the waning moments of the game by one of the title favourites in IRB the Lord.
Some vital strategic adjustments made by Dragons coach Michael Dibbern paid handsome dividends in that tough call against Ganzberg, and the team may use the same tactics against Sela Meas, a team determined to get a positive result after two successive defeats.
Alaxan FR Patriots open the four game schedule with a match-up against Post Buffaloes. With two notable wins behind them, the Patriots enjoy a decidedly big advantage over the Buffaloes, who have been at the wrong end of their two outings.
In two of their victories, the Extra Joss Warriors have made their huge height advantage below the rim count and this could again be the crucial factor when they meet NSK Dream, who rely mainly on their speed and quick rotations.
The most talked about team last week was Pate 310, which rose from the bottom of the rankings to upset the applecart of CCPL Heat, a team at the head of the standings. Pate are out to prove that their unexpected win is no flash in the pan when they take on Ganzberg, who found their foot very late in the fourth quarter against the Dragons.
But that late rally should give Ganzberg plenty of confidence and more scope for improvement.
Saturday’s Schedule (Venue: Beeline Arena)
Alaxan Patriots v Post Buffaloes (10am), NSK Dream v Extra Joss Warriors (2pm), Phnom Penh Dragons v Sela Meas (4pm), Ganzberg vs Pate 310 (6pm).