(courtesy of Louka Dube, Basketball Quebec) Ratana Sak (5'11''-G-82), who plays in the Ligue De Basketball lite du Qubec (LBQE) since its beginning as point guard for the Laurentides Revolution, was born in our beautiful province. He also realizes how lucky he is to be born here. This is because of the genocide that lasted for 5 years in Cambodia, where his parents were living. Easily demonstrating 100 years behind the big cities, certainly because of its many civil wars, Cambodia begins to recover just recently. Even if Ratana sends money regularly to his family, he mentioned that once there he realized the magnitude of the situation: "I saw pictures, videos and I've heard a lot about it but when I arrived to the airport in Cambodia, culture shock has occurred and it really hit me. This is far from what we have here in Quebec, the roads are not very nice, people often walk barefoot and poverty is everywhere" The young man has therefore a duty to return as often as possible to help his family and try to improve their current conditions. Speaking of passion, it appeared very early, even at the elementary school, where he felt intrigued by the sport that so many people practiced in the school yard. This passion was subsequently confirmed during the summer. He played almost every day in the park with his friends. This the moment, he realized he had a talent for this sport, and despite is small size. So after a few succefull years at the college and university level, he joined the LBQE, within which it operates for 2 years. A real leader both inside and outside the field he says: "I feel I have the respect of all my teammates." Being complete as a player, still allows him today to be at the top of is shape as well as having been the best player of his country in the Southern Asian Olympic Games. When Ratana was selected to represent his country, he simply did not believe it happened. Suddenly pride, accomplishment and success were in his mind. After training with strength and determination, fed healthy and have maximized his athleticism, he says, about wearing the sweater: "Ive felt just like Id had never left Cambodia and people accepted me. I always wanted to be part of the national team since I was little. I have told to my mother that one day I would achieve it" Regarding his future, Ratana has already initiated contacts with the Asian Professional League and now he is waiting for answers from his agent in Cambodia. But, he would be very happy to continue in the LBQE, due to the very high caliber of game that prevails there, which has prepared him to move to a higher level. When his career will be over, he wants to help Cambodia develop basketball via a coaching position. In the same way, he wants to use his image of role model to achieve it: "I felt I had a good influence on those people, they considered my advice and they were receptive." Welcoming players over 18 years, the LBQE league is not a garage league and it is actually representative of the highest caliber in Quebec. It enjoys significant advantages and it is very attractive for players who graduated from university as well as those who want to pursue their passion in a strong level of competitive play. In fact, the caliber is excellent, the teams take great care of their players and organizations are serious. Ratana states: "I would not be surprised that this year it explodes. Many people will want to come watching us and play in this league." Due to the media coverage, it gives people a chance to discover the talent of many players in this league. At the mental and professional level, this league allow him to be stronger mentally and to develop more his athleticism as a basketball player. Focusing on the positive effects that brings LBQE, Ratana reiterates his desire to keep his passion alive by playing in this league but also a second chance of exposure at a high-level basketball. Living in a disadvantaged and recognized very hard environment, as demonstrated by the murder of one of his friends committed in front of him when he was not older than 14 years, basketball has become the only reason why he is here today and he has terminated school. Having lived this reality, he knows that sport can be a great source of motivation. Actually Quebec basketball programs should be more present in school for this reason: "Basketball gives them motivation to succeed and to stay away from areas considered dangerous for them" Choosing basketball as a sport was an excellent decision in terms of accessibility and reasonable costs. Its growing popularity in Canada and their recruiters paying more and more attention at the Canadian leagues, like the LBQE, are major factors to practice that sport. Firmly believing in a greater recognition of the sport, Ratana conclude with these words: "I would say to young people: never give up and never stop having dreams. I 'm 31 and in my head my career was over a few years ago. Then I realized that I was no longer myself without basketball and I discovered LBQE ..."
ALLN Supermen win CBL Finals - 6 months ago
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ALLN Supermen win CBL Finals tonight. They overcame Extra Joss fighters 80-55 to end the fighters unbeaten run. In the game for the third place Bayon Airlines posted a 68-66 win over MSGM. Only due to the final 23-13 push in the last stanza, Bayon managed to seal the victory. Bayon Airlines won the Bronze medals. [read more]
ALLN Supermen win CBL Finals tonight. They overcame Extra Joss fighters 80-55 to end the fighters unbeaten run. In the game for the third place Bayon Airlines posted a 68-66 win over MSGM. Only due to the final 23-13 push in the last stanza, Bayon managed to seal the victory. Bayon Airlines won the Bronze medals.
The 2016 Cambodian Basketball League season reaches its thrilling climax on Saturday when the top-ranked Extra Joss Fighters and their arch-rivals ALLN Confucius Supermen square off in the title game at the Olympic Stadium Indoor Arena. Lively anticipation surrounds the 3pm tip-off as the Fighters carry to the floor the psychological advantage of having beaten the Supermen by a four-point margin in the round-robin stage. But it was the intensity of that game and its rousing finish that wi... [read more]
The 2016 Cambodian Basketball League season reaches its thrilling climax on Saturday when the top-ranked Extra Joss Fighters and their arch-rivals ALLN Confucius Supermen square off in the title game at the Olympic Stadium Indoor Arena. Lively anticipation surrounds the 3pm tip-off as the Fighters carry to the floor the psychological advantage of having beaten the Supermen by a four-point margin in the round-robin stage. But it was the intensity of that game and its rousing finish that will give the Supermen optimism. The Fighters enjoy the advantage of having had most of their squad together for the past three seasons, while the Supermen have drawn up their roster this season with players pulled together from different teams. In the Fighters' line-up, Stephen Siruma (188-G-86), Santos Jomar and Ken 'Black Mamba' Gadaffi were part of the losing CBL final side against the Mekong Tigers last season and will be hoping to go one better this time round. In the ALLN camp, Jeff Kane and Aimar Sabayo, who lead the charge for the Supermen, were in the roster of Alaxan Patriots, the winners of the inaugural edition. Going into the final, both teams look equally matched and how the coaches deploy the team and make use of their rotation could prove decisive. Fighters coach Oktavianus in the last couple of games has opted to use the Nigerian duo of Ken Gadaffi and Kelechi Njoku, along with Siruma Stephen, Jomar Santos and Jasper Serrano in his starting line-up, while Aimar Sabayo, Jonna Cunnaman, Sean Looney, Webb and Meng Hama are the preferred starters for ALLN. 'We are excited about the chance to be in the final. We have played all season without defeat but it comes to nothing if we lose again, so we want to give it our best and hopefully we can become champions,' Fighters coach Hauw said. ALLN Supermen manager Kenneth Kim said: 'Win or lose we will still be happy. If we win, we will be proud; if we lose, we will be happy to lose to a great team like EJF.' Meanwhile, Ken Gadaffi, who is one of the oldest players in the league at 46 and has seen it all from the start of the CBL, will be playing in his third final. 'I really don't know how it will go. It's a match that I believe the fans will be excited about, and they will be on the edge of their seats for the duration of the game. I want to win it,' Gadaffi said.'I hope we can be lucky this time and I can retire happy.' Before the grand finale, Bayon Airlines and MSGM Beast will play off for third place. Bayon pipped their rivals 74-73 the last time the two sides met. The stakes are much higher now and the game could produce another tight finish. Courtesy of: phnompenhpost.com
Extra Joss Fighters, ALLN book CBL Final Showdown - 6 months ago
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Extra Joss fighters and ALLN Confucius supermen as expected cruised into the Finals of the CBL with emphatic wins over MSGM and Bayon Airline Respectively on Saturday at the Indoor hall of the National Stadium. In the early kick off at 3pm, Fighters took the game to the Beast and drew the first blood instantly through enterprising Siruma Stephen after Kelechi Njoku won the tip off. From then they never looked back as they ended the first quarter 27-14. Beast star player Hong Kwan ( 24 poi... [read more]
Extra Joss fighters and ALLN Confucius supermen as expected cruised into the Finals of the CBL with emphatic wins over MSGM and Bayon Airline Respectively on Saturday at the Indoor hall of the National Stadium. In the early kick off at 3pm, Fighters took the game to the Beast and drew the first blood instantly through enterprising Siruma Stephen after Kelechi Njoku won the tip off. From then they never looked back as they ended the first quarter 27-14. Beast star player Hong Kwan ( 24 points) showed why he is one of the best in the league as he inspired the Beast back in the second quarter with several 3 pointers ( made 6 in all ) to end the first half 56-37. Fighters didnt take their foot off the pedal as they continued to attack the beast with Jomar Santos ( 18 points) and Kelechi Njoku ( 18 Points) the tormentor in chief. Fighters entire squad got on the score sheet to account for the over a century score to win the tie 113-76. ALLN were given a scare when Bayon Airlines restricted them to only 2 point lead at the end of the first half with scores at 27-24. The Dept in squad of the ALL proved pivotal as Bayon bench rotation couldn't step up after the half time tocontend with the Supermen thus giving Jonna Cunnaman ( 20 points) and Aimar Sabayo (188-C-87) ( 17 Points) the freedom to run riots under the basket. Despite Chhor 's bravery in competing for rebounds at both ends and making it a fight, with17 points, ALLN opened up the lead in the 3rd and and 4th quarter to finish the tie 75-59 to set up a final showdown with Extra Joss Fighters. The finals of the CBL will be held on October 15th with the 3rd place play off between Bayon Airlines and MSGM at 2pm before the championship match between Extra Joss Fighter and ALLN at 4pm. Courtesy of: talkmewo.tv
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