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Patriots scale top of CBL

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Patriots scale top of CBL

With yesterday’s national general election fever sweeping the country, the ongoing Cambodian Basketball League inevitably had to take a week’s break. The next set of matches will be played on Saturday.

The Post Buffaloes broke their three-match duck last weekend with a thrilling one-point win over CCPL Heat and that encounter was indeed the talk of the town, so to speak.

Interestingly, the rankings released after Game Week 7 show there is no team among the 12 in the field without a win.

There are three unbeaten teams at the top of the perch – Alaxan FR Patriots, IRB The Lord and Extra Joss Warriors – all three with four wins apiece, but the Patriots have been very impressive with their scoring progression.

The progress of these pace setters will be the focus of attention in the next couple of weeks and match-ups among them is bound to generate a lot of excitement.

It takes a few more weeks for teams other than the top three to get a clearer picture of the path to the eight-team play-offs, especially for those who are right now on the wrong side of the cut-off.

The all-Chinese Galaxy are down at the bottom and Ganzberg, surprisingly, are also toiling in the rear.

Recent setbacks for CCPL Heat has put the team under a bit of pressure and Sela Meas, comprising only local players, is another team that is still far from its known best.

Last year’s Challenge runners-up Phnom Penh Dragons, who are currently ranked a lowly eighth, would be jostling for a better position in the next couple of weeks.

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