Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Unbeaten Fighters looking for a quick kill



Unbeaten Fighters looking for a quick kill

EJF centre Ken Gadaffi goes for the offensive rebound against Team Respeck in game one, which EJF won 82-41 last week. Photo supplied
EJF centre Ken Gadaffi goes for the offensive rebound against Team Respeck in game one, which EJF won 82-41 last week. Photo supplied

Unbeaten Fighters looking for a quick kill

As the only unbeaten team in the Cambodian Basketball League with 11 wins on the trot, Extra Joss Fighters are looking for a quick kill following their first-round rout of Team Respeck in the second game of the best-of-three quarterfinal play-offs at the Olympic Stadium Indoor Arena on Saturday.

Averaging close to 90 points per game, the Fighters won 82-41 against Team Respeck last week and will be difficult to beat when they hit the floor with a well-rounded squad in the first clash of the day at 3pm.

ALLN, a heady mix of Westerners and Filipinos, have emerged as the second-best team with their only loss during the round robin inflicted by the top ranked side. Last week ALLN swarmed all over Smart Dragons in a 71-33 thrashing and are all set to seal the quarterfinal deal in the day’s second fixture.

Sunday offers an interesting fare with Davies Paints and Blue Thunder, who narrowly lost their first-round games to Bayon Airlines and MSGM Beasts, respectively, fighting for their survival in the crucial second game.

Airlines cast aside Paints 85-70 though the margin failed to truly reflect the intensity of the fight.

The Paints are determined to come up with something extra this time to ground the Airlines and steer the contest to a decider.

Meanwhile, MSMG Beasts, predominantly made up of locally based Singaporeans and South Koreans got the better of Blue Thunder 85-71, but may run into much stiffer resistance from the All Khmer side in game two.

While October 8 has been set aside for the quarterfinal play off deciders should these fixtures spill over to game three, the semifinals are marked for the next day.

The third-place playoff and the title showdown have been fixed for October 15.Defending champions Mekong Tigers had finished the round robin with 13 points and should have finished in eighth place.

But they were deducted six points for walking off their last game with Smart Dragons, thus pushing to the bottom of the table.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia to waive quarantine requirements Nov 15, no PCR test required

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has decided to lift all quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers and visitors – both Cambodians and foreign nationals – effective from November 15 onward. In a special message addressed to officials and relevant authorities on November 14, Hun Sen said this policy will enable

  • PM: No more quarantine for vaccinated travellers

    Cambodia is lifting all quarantine requirements for vaccinated inbound travellers entering Cambodia by air, waterway or land border checkpoints effective from November 15. Travellers will be required to take a rapid antigen test on arrival rather than waiting for the results of the lengthier polymerase chain

  • No payment required for travellers taking rapid Covid tests on arrival

    Ministry of Health officials said there would be no payment required for the rapid Covid-19 tests given to travellers who arrive in Cambodia from November 15 onwards after the quarantine requirement is lifted for fully vaccinated people. Health ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine told The Post on

  • General’s gun smuggling ring busted

    The Military Police sent six military officers to court on November 22 to face prosecution for possession of 105 illegal rifles and arms smuggling, while investigators say they are still hunting down additional accomplices. Sao Sokha, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and commander of

  • More Cambodians studying in US

    The number of Cambodian students studying at US colleges and universities in 2020-21 increased by 14.3 per cent over the previous year despite the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a recent US government report. The 2021 Open Doors report on International Educational Exchange showed that 848 Cambodian students studied

  • Cambodia, Thailand to discuss border reopening

    Cambodian authorities from provinces along the Cambodia-Thailand border will meet with Thai counterparts to discuss reopening border checkpoints to facilitate travel, transfer of products and cross-border trade between the two countries. Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy governor Ly Sary said on November 22 that the provincial administration