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CBL 2020: Three games on Sunday

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The Cambodian Basketball League (CBL) will resume this weekend with three exciting games lined-up.

Cambodia’s top basketball league is now entering its sixth week and fans watching online are expected to be treated to fast-paced, action-packed games. In line with strict health protocols, fans are not yet allowed courtside and the number of participants inside the National training centre Gym are limited.

The first game on Sunday, which starts at 1pm, will be a battle between the ABA Dragons and the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MOEF).

The Dragons are trying to bounce back after a disappointing loss 70–67 to the Extra Joss Fighters last weekend. The Dragons were toe-to-toe with the defending champions for most of the game before endgame lapses did them in.

The MOEF, meanwhile, are coming off an 83-50 rout of the AsianBallers.

Power forward Nebojsa Trajkovic and company are expected to attack the MOEF defences early on and atone for their atrocious shooting last time.

The Dragons, except for Trajkovic and Cambodian superstar Hong Plenglong, missed a lot of shots from the perimeter, including open goals, against Extra Joss.

The Dragons were also hobbled by turnovers, a point emphasised by coach Colin Hodgkins. “We made some mistakes and had costly turnovers that Extra Joss took advantage of,” he said.

In the second game, due at 3pm, the Yuetai Mekongers, which boast several National Team players, will be gunning for their third straight win at the expense of Beyond. In their previous two games, the Mekongers beat MOEF, 59-35, and surprised the Fighters, 74-66.

The Mekongers are heavily-favoured to win against their cellar-dwelling opponents, who have yet to register a single win after four outings.

The third and last game of the day will pit Master Tapsi against the AsianBallers. Master Tapsi will be aiming for their second straight victory when they face the AsianBallers at 5pm.

Master Tapsi are coming off a 75-67 win against Beyond. It was the team’s first win after four tries. The AsianBallers, meanwhile, are coming off a blowout loss to MOEF.

The Cambodian Basketball Federation runs the CBL, with Yuetai as the main sponsor.

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