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NSK Dream shooting guard Phorn Rithysak
NSK Dream shooting guard Phorn Rithysak (centre) tries to drive past CCPL Warriors players during their CBL game. Sreng Meng Srun

NSK Dream is to tame Tigers

The red-hot Mekong Tigers will be looking for their third straight win in the Angkor Beer Cambodian Basketball League when they face NSK Dream in a morning contest tomorrow at the Olympic Stadium Indoor Arena.

The Tigers have posted two impressive wins so far in keeping with their solid preseason preparations and continue to build on this momentum.

They have in their ranks two players – Meas Ravuth and Meas Pich – who shifted their loyalties from NSK Dream and will benefit from the experience they had with their former side.

While the Tigers’ raging form should be a concern for their rivals, NSK Dream will have the advantage of the youthful energy that was so evident in their opening game against CCPL Warriors.

The Dreamers lost in extra time but that effort clearly has a positive impact on the side’s morale. Phorn Rithysak and Sok Pagna are expected to lead the charge against the Tigers.

Of the two other matches billed for the afternoon, the clash between Pate 310 and Sabay Tiger Mosquitoes should hold great spectator interest.

The Mosquitoes won their opening game of the season in a breeze, stretching their winning lead over GL Concrete to a whopping 33 points with Geoff Harry and Jay Rodden dominating the score sheet. However, Rodden could be a nonstarter for this game after an accident he met with on his motorbike earlier in the week.

Pate lost a close call after a spirited third-quarter fightback to Davies Paints last week at 83-80 and have obviously learnt a lesson or two in handling pressure without lapsing into gross errors. They will be pinning their faith on the versatility of Ouch Phanat and Taing Peng Kuy.

Smart Dragons are heaving a sigh of relief that three key players – Ben Laird, the team’s leading scorer last season, Chhim Dara and Kelvin Chan – are back to reinforce the lineup against GL Concrete.

Tun Chamnan will be Concrete’s main hope when it comes to perimeter shooting, while the side will be banking on Ran Noren’s speed to net them fast breaks. However, Concrete’s collective responsibility ought to be keeping the turnovers low since they suffered enough from them in their opening game.

Saturday’s Schedule
NSK Dream v Mekong Tigers 9:30am
Pate 310 v Sabay Tigers Mosquitoes 2pm
Smart Dragons v GL Concrete 4pm

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