By hitting a pair of 3-pointers in the finishing 10 seconds, including a buzzer beater at the end of regulation, Santiago Cabatu led the defending champion Philippine Patriots to survive yet another tough fight by beating the Brunei Barracudas 72 – 67 in a heart wrenching overtime.
With the eagerness to get away from their 2 games losing streak and to start off well at their 1st home game, Brunei Barracudas put up a neck-to-neck fight with the defending champions, led by Chris Commons who finished the game with 17 points & 11 rebounds but only 6/21 shooting. Both teams were struggling to find the basket, shooting a below-average 29% (Barracudas) & 36% (Patriots) respectively.
The Barracudas were leading 61 – 55 – their biggest lead of the game – with 26 seconds remaining in the regulation after a 4th quarter 18-5 surge, just before Cabatu put up his late game heroic by draining a three with 9 seconds left, and another which beat the buzzer and broke the heart of the home fans.
However, Brunei Barracudas was able to recover from the stunning finish in regulation and continue to go neck to neck with the Patriots, but they once again were unable to finish the game and their 3rd game of the season.
Santiago Cabatu contributed 16 points & 8 rebounds with a deadly shooting 4/5 from beyond the arc. The “Little Big Man” Donald Little had a solid double-double for the Patriots, 14 points 13 rebounds along with 3 block shots. “The Billionaire” Ernesto Billiones added 14 points including a crucial 3 pointer in the over time which broke the tie at 67 apiece & put the Patriots ahead for good.
Besides Chris Commons, Chester Tolomia added 15 points & 5 rebounds, Bryan Faundo another 14 & 5 and Ramsay Williams contributed 14 points & 5 assists of his own. Chris Garnett pulled down 14 rebounds, but was unable to find a filed goal on 0/9 shooting and finished with 4 points which was earned from the free throw line.
Philippine Patriots and the Chang Thailand Slammers are teams who remain unbeaten, and “The Clash of the Titans” between these two teams will take place at Bangkok next week.
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