The second game day of the Angkor Beer Cambodian Basketball League, co-sponsored by Pepsi and Smart, features two matches this Saturday at the Olympic Stadium Indoor Arena with all four teams craving a first feel of the new wooden floor.
The 2pm clash between Extra Joss Fighters and Pate 310 will set the ball rolling before GL Concrete square off against Sabay Tigers Mosquitoes from 4pm.
There are some unknown factors surrounding the Fighters regarding how well they position themselves in comparison to other teams. The side can count on a few players from last season’s Warriors roster, but its total outlook and strength is far from clear.
At the other end of the spectrum, Pate 310 appear a strong force this term with several new signings, notably forward Ouch Phanat hopping over from IRB The Lord and centre Kim Ran from CCPL Heat. Both these players were part of the Cambodia team that took part in 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar.
Led by point guard Chea Koktry, Pate 310 could be a hot proposition this season, with the bench considerably strengthened by the presence of forward Sok Tour and guard Taing Peng Kuy.
Several new local players figure in the GL Concrete line up alongside experienced men like forward Sum Phalla (formerly with Pate 310) and point guard Adam Noah (formerly with Post Buffaloes).
Captain and centre Tun Chamnan would be anxious to see how well the formations work out against the Mosquitoes, who can pride themselves of a reasonably sound roster which has the towering presence of two familiar names: Curran Hendry from last year’s champions Alaxan FR Patriots and Geoff Harry, a past Cellcard Eagles player.