Siem Reap Teams Win National 3x3 Basketball Championship

Up to 17 male teams and seven female teams took part in the two-day event. Photo provided

The two-day event sees 93 games played with 17 male teams and seven female teams taking part

PHNOM PENH--It was a clean sweep for both the male and female teams of the UYFC Siem Reap at the National 3 x 3 Basketball Championship held over the weekend at the Wat Koh High School Basketball Arena in Phnom Penh. 

UYFC Siem Reap fielded two male teams and three female teams, and their dominance prevailed as three of the five teams made it to the Podium.

About 17 male teams and seven female teams took part in the two-day event during which there were about 93 games. 

 The finals of the female category saw UYFC Siem Reap A pitched against UYFC Siem Reap B and both were equally matched and thrilled the capacity crowd with an end-to-end finish.

UYFC Siem reap prevailed 11-9 to win the gold medal and Winners Trophy. The Bronze Medal went to the Ministry of Economy and Finance A

In the male category, it was a battle of two titans and long drawn rivals when UYFC Siem Reap A faced off with the Ministry of Interior. 

UYFC Siem Reap opened the 5-1 lead in two minutes with Tep Chorath, Chin Sophara leading the treble, but William Satya clawed his side back to within 2 points. However, UYFC Siem Reap's three-point shooting was near perfect and they went into the interval leading 13-8.

The Second Stanza was an end-to-end finish with both sides showing the stuff of why they are all part of the Cambodia National Team preparing for the upcoming SEA Games. 

In the end, UYFC Siem Reap A triumphed 18-16 to clinch the trophy and gold medal.

Representing Cambodia Basketball Federation Sesn Borath, Deputy Vice President, Ouk Sethycheat lauded the players and commended their efforts in displaying great skills.

"I congratulate and commend all participants. You are all winners and have displayed great skills, and I hope that you will continue to put in your best as we prepare for the SEA Games 2023,” Sethycheat said in a keynote address.

Secretary-General of the Cambodia Basketball Federation, Austin Koledoye thanked the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports for sponsoring the Championship noting.

“This is the first time in two years that basketball activities are held as the Covid-19 Pandemic had halted all activities previously,” Koledoye said. 

 “As we continue the road map to the Cambodia 2023 SEA Games, we shall be organizing the Cambodia Basketball League, High School Basketball tournament as well as the University Basketball Tournament,” he added. 

Meanwhile, the winners for both categories received cash of 1.2 million riel ($300), the first runners-up were rewarded with 800,000 riel ($200) while the Second Runners up-carted away 600,000 riel ($150).


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