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HSBL resumes with four games on Sunday

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Players from Methodist School and SOS in action last Saturday. CBF

Four games will be played on Sunday as the 15th High School Basketball League (HSBL) resumes at the National Training Center Gym.

The first game, which starts around 2:00 pm, will pit Baray (Kampong Thom) versus American International School (AIS) in the girls’ division. In the second game (boys’ division), which is scheduled for 4:00 pm, AIS will battle Sovannaphom (Champovon).

All four teams will be playing their first games in the tournament.

Last week, East-West International School (EWIS) shooting guard David Hay shot the lights out from three-point land as his team held off a tough Preah Sisowath High School (PSHS) side, 63-51, in the first game of the season.

That game was tight throughout the first 20 minutes before a big third quarter explosion all but sealed the outcome of the game in favour of EWIS.

In the second game, also in the boys’ division, SOS Hermann Gmeiner School (SHGS) waylaid Methodist School of Cambodia (MSC), 39-26. The game was tight throughout the first half, with SHGS clinging to a three-point lead, 18-15, after two quarters.

From there, SHGS limited MSC to 11 second-half points, while scoring 21 en route to a lopsided victory.

The third and fourth games of the season, which were played last Sunday, featured PSHS versus EWIS (girls’ division) and Chea Sim Santhormok High School (CSSHS) against Paragon International School-Secondary (PIS) in the boys’ category.

The PSHS girls’ team atoned for the earlier loss of their boys’ squad by clobbering EWIS 38-24 in a low-scoring game that saw both teams score a combined five points in the entire third quarter. After trailing in the first 10 minutes of the game, PSHS went on an 18-5 run in the second quarter to turn the game around and never looked back from there.

PIS, meanwhile, started strong, outscoring CSSHS 28-13 in the first half. The CSSHS five tried to get back into the game and managed to trim their deficit to 10 points entering the final quarter. The game ended with PIS on top, 45-33.

Austin Koledoye, technical director of Cambodia Basketball Federation (CBF), said they are looking at more and exciting actions on the hardcourt in the coming weeks.

“The teams are more prepared and they have a better idea now how to run plays and defend their opponents. We are looking at more exciting games filled with hustle,” he stressed.

The HSBL, which is the premier high school basketball league in the Kingdom, is held every year. The event is organised by CBF and sponsored by Yuetai.

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