Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - NSK Dream is to tame Tigers

NSK Dream is to tame Tigers

NSK Dream shooting guard Phorn Rithysak
NSK Dream shooting guard Phorn Rithysak (centre) tries to drive past CCPL Warriors players during their CBL game. Sreng Meng Srun

NSK Dream is to tame Tigers

The red-hot Mekong Tigers will be looking for their third straight win in the Angkor Beer Cambodian Basketball League when they face NSK Dream in a morning contest tomorrow at the Olympic Stadium Indoor Arena.

The Tigers have posted two impressive wins so far in keeping with their solid preseason preparations and continue to build on this momentum.

They have in their ranks two players – Meas Ravuth and Meas Pich – who shifted their loyalties from NSK Dream and will benefit from the experience they had with their former side.

While the Tigers’ raging form should be a concern for their rivals, NSK Dream will have the advantage of the youthful energy that was so evident in their opening game against CCPL Warriors.

The Dreamers lost in extra time but that effort clearly has a positive impact on the side’s morale. Phorn Rithysak and Sok Pagna are expected to lead the charge against the Tigers.

Of the two other matches billed for the afternoon, the clash between Pate 310 and Sabay Tiger Mosquitoes should hold great spectator interest.

The Mosquitoes won their opening game of the season in a breeze, stretching their winning lead over GL Concrete to a whopping 33 points with Geoff Harry and Jay Rodden dominating the score sheet. However, Rodden could be a nonstarter for this game after an accident he met with on his motorbike earlier in the week.

Pate lost a close call after a spirited third-quarter fightback to Davies Paints last week at 83-80 and have obviously learnt a lesson or two in handling pressure without lapsing into gross errors. They will be pinning their faith on the versatility of Ouch Phanat and Taing Peng Kuy.

Smart Dragons are heaving a sigh of relief that three key players – Ben Laird, the team’s leading scorer last season, Chhim Dara and Kelvin Chan – are back to reinforce the lineup against GL Concrete.

Tun Chamnan will be Concrete’s main hope when it comes to perimeter shooting, while the side will be banking on Ran Noren’s speed to net them fast breaks. However, Concrete’s collective responsibility ought to be keeping the turnovers low since they suffered enough from them in their opening game.

Saturday’s Schedule
NSK Dream v Mekong Tigers 9:30am
Pate 310 v Sabay Tigers Mosquitoes 2pm
Smart Dragons v GL Concrete 4pm

MOST VIEWED

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Angkor Wat named as the top landmark for the second year

    Travel website TripAdvisor has named Cambodia’s ancient wonder Angkor Wat as the top landmark in the world for the second year running in their Travelers’ Choice Award 2018, an achievement Cambodian tourism operators expect will attract more tourists to the Kingdom. The website uses traveller

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman

  • Hun Sen detractors ‘will die’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said those who curse or insult him would eventually die without a plot of land to bury their bodies after being killed by lightning, suffering the same fate as those who recently died in Thmar Baing district in Koh