The stage is set for this Sunday’s semifinals of the Chitato Chips Mini Basketball League, with MSGM and Smart Dragons joining Master Tapsi and Extra Joss Fighters
The battle for the best-of-three final showdown takes place at the Cambodian Country Club court.
Facing a team they had already beaten in the league phase, MSGM once again proved their overall superiority in beating Team Respeck 69-49 to make the last four.
But in the case of Smart Dragons, their hopes of a direct entry that also would have given them second seeding behind the unbeaten Master Tapsi were dashed by Extra Joss Fighters, who prevailed 75-69 in a nip and tip battle between the two familiar foes.
The only course left for the Dragons was to leapfrog the Warriors to clinch the remaining last four place, and they did it in style, winning 102-67.
The two teams at the rear of the field, Team Respeck and Warriors, will feature in the 5th place playoff on March 21, before league-toppers Master Tapsi get down to their first semifinal clash against MSGM, followed by the Extra Joss Fighters and Smart Dragons grudge encounter.
The first of the three-game final is scheduled for March 21, with the second on March 25. Should it extend to a third game, the championship decider will be played on March 28.