PHNOM PENH, Nov. 3, (Khmer Times) – Farcical scenes at the Olympic Stadium’s Indoor Arena on Saturday saw CCPL Warriors surrender their hopes of progressing in the playoffs after suffering a heavy 116-67 defeat to Davies Paint.
The Warriors began the game with just four men, as their only Cambodian player arrived after tipoff. Strict CBL regulations stipulate that a team must have a Cambodian player on the court at all times throughout a match.
Sovann Panha arrived to fill the void, although by half-time Paints had carved out a 59-36 lead over the Warriors.
The Warriors were unable to handle Paints’ slick offense led by John Cornito and Aimar Sabayo, who put the game well beyond their rivals by the third quarter.
With the one-sided victory, Paints eased through to next round of the playoffs.
The Emperors did record a precious win over Sabay Tiger Mosquitoes, leveling their series at one game apiece after a hard fought 64-61 victory in Saturday’s second game.
Despite trailing the Mosquitoes for much of the game, a late surge by the Emperors ensured a vital win in their hunt for playoff progression.
On Sunday, Pate 310 produced a comfortable performance as they overcame Smart Dragons 70-59.
Ouch Phanat was once again the offensive leader for Pate, as he delivered an 18-point performance to send his team through to the next round.
In the weekend’s final fixture, Mekong Tigers earned a 79-64 victory over a valiant Extra Joss Fighters team.
The game hung in the balance through the third quarter, with the Tigers clinging to a slender four-point lead.
The superb shooting of Sok Samnang was the difference in the Tigers’ win, as he delivered 13 points in the fourth quarter alone.
The win puts the Tigers through to the next round, while Extra Joss Fighters were eliminated from the competition.
Davies Paints 116-67 CCPL Warriors
Emperors 64-61 Sabay Tiger Mosquitoes
Pate 310 70-59 Smart Dragons
Mekong Tigers 79-64 Extra Joss Fighters