Four games will be played this coming weekend as the 15th High School Basketball League (HSBL) resumes at the National Training Center Gym.
There were no games last weekend as Cambodia celebrated the Water Festival.
On Saturday, Nov 16, the first game (girl’s division) will pit Wat Koh High School (WKHS) versus East-West International School (EWIS) starting 2:00 pm.
In the second game (boy’s category) beginning 4 pm, SOS Hermann Gmeiner School (SGMS) will try to extend its winning streak against Sovannaphom (Pochentong), which will be playing its first game in the tournament.
SGMS is coming off a masterful 39-26 win over Methodist School of Cambodia (MSC), where it limited its opponents to 11 points in the last 20 minutes of the game.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, Nov 17, East-West International School (EWIS) will be gunning for its second win in a row when it faces a still-winless MSC five in the main game beginning 4 pm.
EWIS opened the season with a masterful 63-51 drubbing of Preah Sisowath High School (PSHS). In that game, the team relied on the torrid outside shooting and timely inside forays of shooting guard David Hay to ward off a tough PSHS side.
Hay was 3-6 from downtown and scored 18 points in the second half as EWIS avoided a meltdown in the final minutes of that game. Down for most of the game, PSHS managed to come within seven points in the last two minutes before timely plays by Hay and point guard Jet Starkweather snuffed out the PSHS rally.
EWIS is expected to once again rely on Hay to jumpstart their offense. But his stellar performance the last time means that he could be facing double teams this time that could slow him down.
Starkweather, centre Victor Tep and power forward Tithsok Pheakdey are also expected to contribute to EWIS on both ends of the floor.
Starkweather showed his mettle in the final minutes of their game against PSHS by scoring on a tough floater and adding two free throws as his team beat back a spirited rally by their opponents. Tep and Pheakdey, meanwhile, anchored the EWIS defense while also making their own shots on the other end.
In the other game Sunday (girl’s division), Baray (Kampong Thom) will be gunning for its second win at the expense of WKHS starting 2 pm. Baray beat American International School (AIS), 45-37, in its first game on Nov 3.
The HSBL is organised and run by the Cambodian Basketball Federation (CBF), with assistance from Yuetai.
There are four games every weekend until the tournament concludes in January.