The juggernaut rolls on. The Alaxan FR Patriots swept aside CCPL Heat 72-58 at Beeline Arena on Saturday to end their 11-game round robin phase of the Cambodian Basketball League as the only unbeaten team.
Well before half time, the writing was on the wall for the Heat and at the break it was all about margins with the Patriots leading 40-17.
In the second half, the Patriots rested some of their key players and loosened up on their defence.
“It is nice to finish the round robin unbeaten, but rather putting pressure on our shoulders,” Patriots coach Chris Borja told the Post.
“Now it will be win or go home in the play-offs. And there, everything is possible. It seems we will face the Cellcard Eagles in the quarter-finals. This isn’t the easiest draw.”
In other matches, the all-Cambodian Sela Meas edged out Pate 310 by the barest of margins, winning 63-62 in a game marred by a controversy over an official ruling on the number of fouls involving Pate’s top player, Sok Tour.
Sela Meas contended that Sok Tour was on four fouls while the officials maintained that number to be three.
With several players on the injury list and at least two out of the country, the Phnom Penh Dragons could only come up with six players, yet they still managed to defeat the Cellcard Eagles 59-54.
The win helped the Dragons secure fourth place in the standings with seven wins and four defeats.
Scores and statistics
Sela Meas: 63 (Samnang Sok 16 ) beat Pate 62 (Peng Kuy Taing 25, Sok Tour 12)
Phnom Penh Dragons 59 (Ben Laird 24, Matsuki Nishikawa 11, Pounlork Tai 9) beat Cellcard Eagles 54 (Sean Looney 19, Callum McWiloch 10)
Alaxan FR Patriots 72 (Aimar Sabayo 23, Colin Meyn 10, Dexter Arcenas 9) beat CCPL Heat 58 (Panha Sovann 27, Kai Pak 14, Kim Ran 11)