The Barracudas (yellow) almost beat the Patriots in regulation time but fell short in overtime. (Photo courtesy of ABL)
Brunei, Saturday, October 16, 2010 — The Brunei Barracudas saw a six-point lead with 26 seconds to go in regulation time disappear when Santiago Jr Cabatu sank two consecutive three-pointers to even things up at 61-61 at the buzzer. In overtime, the Barracudas were outscored 11-6 and lost their first ASEAN Basketball League home game 67-72.
The Patriots led by as many as 10 points early in the fourth quarter but the Barracudas tied it up with a Chester Tolomia three-pointer at 55-55 with 4:40 to go.
The Barracudas then kept their noses in front of the Patriots and with less than a minute to go, established a five-point, 60-55 lead on the back of two Williams Ramsey free throws. Another Chris Commons free throw with 24 seconds left gave them a six-point, 61-55 lead but the Patriots replied with Cabatu’s two three-pointers to push the game into overtime.
The Patriots jumped out in front in overtime and led by four at 65-61. The Barracudas tied it up at 67-67 via another Tolomia three-pointer but it was Patriots all the way after that.
Chris Commons led the Barracudas with a double-double, 17-point, 11-rebound performance. Four Barracudas were in double-figures — Commons (17), Tolomia (15), Bryan Faundo (14), Ramsey (14).
They were matched by the Patriots, with Cabatu (16), Ernesto Billiones (14), Donald Little (14) and Benedict III Fernandez (11) in double figures as well. Little also had a double-double with his 13 rebounds.
The win was the Patriots’ third consecutive and they have a spotless 3-0 win-loss record while the luckless Barracudas fall to 0-3.
The Patriots will next play the unbeaten Thailand Slammers in a top-of-the-table clash while the Barracudas will get on a plane to visit Satria Muda in Jakarta.