Paints brush with Pate in CBL final

Paints brush with Pate in CBL final

Lively anticipation surrounds today’s championship game starting at 2pm between Davies Paints and Pate 310 at the Olympic Stadium Indoor Arena as the second season of the Angkor Beer Cambodian Basketball League, co-sponsored by Pepsi and Smart, reaches its grand conclusion.

Hours before the title clash, the Emperors and Mekong Tigers, two teams pushed out of contention in the semis, will lock horns from 9:30am in the third place playoff.

While Paints manager Chris Borja can look back at the season and take some pride in the offensive work done by the trio of Janno Cunanan, Aimar Sabayo and John Cornito, he needs to take a hard look at his team’s slender win over Pate when they met in the round robin. That cracker of a game was won by Paints 83-80 and Pate were far from disgraced in their effort, going down all guns blazing.

The stage is now perfectly set for Ouch Phanat and his teammates to avenge that narrow loss and lay their hands on a much bigger stake this time.

The grand final will be followed by a conventional awards ceremony. Apart from the Cambodian Basketball Federation top brass including president San Borath, vice president Ouk Sethycheat and secretary general Chy Sambath, CBL organiser Michael Dibbern, event manager of Cambrew/Angkor Beer Serena Lim and Smart Mobile CEO Thomas Hundt will attend the closing ceremony.

The champions will receive the CBL Cup, gold medals and prize money of 4 million riel ($981). The runners up will get 2 million riel and silver medals, while the third-placed team will receive 1 million riel and bronze medals.

The best Cambodian and the best foreign player will be given the Bangkok Airways MVP Award, which includes a return flight to Bangkok.

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