Mekong Tigers stormed into the final of the Cambodia Basketball League after wrapping up their semifinal playoff 2-0 against title holders Pate 310 at the Olympic Indoor Arena on Saturday, but it was a dramatic fightback by Extra Joss Fighters against Davies Megacryl that hogged the limelight.
The Tigers led every quarter on their way to a 71-56 victory in the second of the three game series to knock the champs out.
After a somewhat well contested first quarter that saw the Tigers to a 20-14 advantage, the match took on a one-way look until the finish.
If Davies Megacryl, last season’s runners-up behind Pate, were looking to carry their first game momentum and knock Extra Joss Fighters out, they were in for a shock.
Fighters levelled the series 1-1 with a 76-51 win to earn a decisive third game on August 22.
The fighters lived up to their name and reputation as a robust set of players by taking the fight to the rival camp.
The cold numbers highlighted Megacryl’s plight and Fighters dominance.
A 41-28 half-time lead for Fighters clearly meant that Megacryl had to redouble their effort and scoring to stay in the hunt.
But the Fighters were in not in the mood to let that happen and they expanded the lead to 61-37 by the end of the third quarter – and the match had been won long before the buzzer.