Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Fighters down Tigers to level up games

Fighters down Tigers to level up games

Fighters down Tigers to level up games

Bouncing back from their overtime loss in the first game of the Cambodia Basketball League showpiece, Extra Joss Fighters posted a 84-79 victory over Mekong Tigers in the second game at the Olympic Indoor Arena on Saturday to take the championship series to the decider on September 19.

The Tigers looked set to wrap up the title round following their last Saturday’s 97-84 win, but after their initial buzzle, it was the Fighters who pounded their way to a well merited victory.

The Tigers jumped to a 10-3 lead inside the first four minutes of the game only to see the Fighters gradually close the gap and move ahead 22-16 at the end of the 10-minute spell. A hard fought second quarter saw Tigers whittle that lead down to three points at the break.

The Fighters stretched the lead in the third quarter with Siruma and Jomar Santos combining well to keep the score board ticking. For the Tigers, Matt Van Pelt and Jermaine Lattimore did good work, yet the side trailed Fighers 55-64.

Going into the final stretch with a nine point lead, The Fighters deftly held on to that advantage to ensure that the showdown was far from over and that they have now as good a chance as their rivals to clinch the championship for the first time.

MOST VIEWED

  • Serious flooding across country

    The Kampong Speu provincial Committee for Disaster Management on Wednesday issued an alert after non-stop heavy rain caused widespread flooding. In Koh Kong province, authorities are working with the disaster committee and the Cambodian Red Cross to assist those affected after more than 350 homes were

  • CNRP points to King in call for vote boycott

    Leaders of the former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have taken a new tack in their call for a boycott of the national elections later this month. They are now claiming that the people should follow the King, who is expected to abide by tradition

  • Malaysian MP calls on his government to take stand on Cambodian elections

    A Malaysian parliamentarian raised concerns in his country on Wednesday about Cambodia’s July 29 national elections and urged his government to clarify its position on the subject, the Asean Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) said on Thursday. Wong Chen, a member of the People’s

  • Troop moves ‘won’t worry people’

    Senior officials at the Ministry of Defence and National Police said on Tuesday that riot training provided to the country’s police forces were aimed at preventing unexpected demonstrations and strikes before and after the July 29 national elections. The troop mobilisation, they said, would not