Table topping Mekong Tigers will be preying for some easy meat when they face GL Concrete on Sunday at the Olympic Stadium indoor arena in the Angkor Beer Cambodian Basketball League, co-sponsored by Pepsi and Smart.
While the Tigers are perched atop the standings on the back of their three straight wins, Concrete bring up the rear after two big-margin defeats and are unlikely to catch the beast by the tail.
Two of Tigers top scorers – Sok Samnang and Pheng Darath – have not been seriously tested in any of the three previous games, which makes it all the more demanding for Concrete to keep them in check.
Davies Paints and Sabay Tiger Mosquitoes hit the court for the first Sunday game carded this season.
Paints come out better on collateral form, taking a line through their thrilling 83-80 win over Pate 310, who subsequently swatted out the Mosquitoes 65-43.
Star performer Aimar Sabayo, who didn't figure in the Paints’ loss to Emperors, was back to play a huge part in the side’s win over Pate and is the one at the top of the Mosquitoes’ alert list.
Interestingly, three former Paints players – Curran Hendry, Colin Meyn and Jeff Cane – are now in the rival camp and to some extent that could work in favour of Mosquitoes, who need to buckle up their offence which clearly lacked sting against Pate.
The opening game on Saturday features CCPL Warriors and Emperors, both of whom having encountered strong opposition in their first outings.
Warriors owed their extra time win over NSK Dream to Vince Del Mundo’s heroics in the dying moments of the game. For Emperors, Hour Pichbounchour’s 28 points did the trick against Davies Paints.
Given the relative strengths, a tight finish may well be in order.
It may be too early in the season to think about play-off places but for NSK Dream and Extra Joss Fighters, who square off on Saturday, keeping alive the hopes of making the next stage could already be a nagging concern since both have been beaten in their two previous starts.
After being destroyed by Pate, the Fighters put up a much stiffer fight against the Tigers and are confident of a positive result. Paradoxically, the same goes for NSK Dream as well.
Saturday August 9
CCPL Warriors v Emperors – 2pm
NSK Dream v Extra Joss Fighters 4pm
Sunday August 10
Davies Paints v Sabay Tiger Mosquitoes – 2pm
GL Concrete v Mekong Tigers – 4pm