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Siem Reap’s Pheng Dararithy goes for a layup in a preliminary round game. Photo supplied

Games basketball Ministry of the Interior storm finals

Ministry of the Interior stormed into the final of both the men’s and women’s basketball events in the National Games at the Olympic Stadium complex on Tuesday.

In men’s semifinal action, the Ministry was too good for Svay Rieng province 86-56 to earn a final showdown against Siem Reap, who scraped past Kompong Cham 70-66 in a controversy-ridden game held up for nearly 15 minutes due to several wrong calls from the referees.

With just 28 seconds to go the score was tied at 66.Siem Reap jumped to a two point lead in the dying moments as one of its players, Bun Choor, resorted to delay tactics resulting in an intentional foul from a Kampong Cham player.

Heated words were exchanged as the referee called a technical foul.When the game resumed, Bun Chhoor hit two out of two from the free throw line to win the tie 70-66 and book a place in tomorrow’s final against Ministry of Interior.

In the women’s event, Ministry of Interior made today’s final by beating Steung Treng to face Kandal, who trounced Ratanakiri 53-11 in the second semifinals.

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