Size advantage played a huge part in Sabay Tiger Mosquitoes’ 74-30 win over NSK Dream at the Olympic Stadium Indoor Arena on Sunday that gave the buzzers the eighth and the last playoff seat in the Angkor Beer Cambodian League.
With their playoff hopes shattered once more, NSK Dream went out of the round-robin phase to join the winless GL Concrete on the sidelines. Earlier in the day, Concrete had surprised one and all by giving a stiff fight to the top ranked Davies Paints before last season’s champs ran out 92-81 winners on the back of Aimar Sabayo’s 32-point effort.
Indisputably, it was the biggest game of the league for both the Mosquitoes and Dream since they were bitterly fighting for the last of the playoff places and defeat was not an option for either of them.
After a slow start, the Mosquitoes managed to stay ahead 10-7 in the first quarter. But it was in the second quarter that the Mosquitoes stepped up the tempo through Steve Chunn and Jeff Kane.
Reeling under this pressure, Dream’s defence nearly collapsed as the Mosquitoes built up a 36-13 advantage at half time.
The next two sessions were mere extensions of the misery for Dream as the Mosquitoes kept stretching away towards a comfortable win that brought them up to the eighth in the rankings. The Mosquitoes meet the Emperors tomorrow in their final league game.
In Sunday’s third match, third ranked Emperors scored a 54-48 win over second placed Pate 310.
In the remaining round-robin matches, Smart Dragons met Extra Joss Warriors late last night while Mekong Tigers face CCPL Warriors today. The eight team playoffs will begin on October 25.