The all-Cambodian Sela Meas recorded a blow-out 86-60 win over all-Chinese Galaxy at the Beeline Arena on Saturday during the eighth week’s action of the Cambodian Basketball League sponsored by Western Union and Coca-Cola.
Taking the court with a distinct advantage in shooting power, Sela Meas turned it into an exhibition of brisk scoring, averaging a little more than 20 points in each of the four quarters while keeping Galaxy at a safe distance.
Only in the second quarter did the predominantly Chinese side make a hard run for it, staying close with Sela Meas at 22-21. But the rest of the way it was a Sela Meas show with a third-quarter surge of 26-12 clearly unsettling their rivals.
As the top scorer for the side, Sok Samnang came up with only 15 points, which was a notable pointer to how well his team-mates complemented his effort. Chan How Wai’s 19 points stood out for Galaxy.
Led ably by Benjamin Laird’s contribution of 19 points, Phnom Penh Dragons put it across Pate 310, closing out with a strong fourth-quarter display that ensured them a 48-36 victory.
Sectionals were slow as both sides were unable to stitch up fast breaks and baskets. The Dragons led 10-12 in the first, 10-9 in the second and 8-7 in the third. So going into the fourth quarter, Pate had as good a chance to turn things around as the Dragons.
Yet the stretch run saw the Dragons pull away 18-10 and the game had taken a decisive turn in their favour. For Pate, Taing Peng Kuy came up with the best score of 11 points.
Ganzberg beat Post Buffaloes out of sight 73-40, helping themselves to the biggest winning margin in the competition so far.
The Ganzberg onslaught was so effective that the Buffaloes barely got to double digits in each of the first three quarters and managed a measly nine in the fourth.
There was no sign of an impending Ganzberg lash out when Buffaloes came out of the first quarter with just two points behind at 10-12. However, the next three proved punishingly different.
Ubaldo was Ganzberg’s main scorer with 16 points, while Giaueau with 10 points did well for the Buffaloes.