Patriots Remained Unbeaten
Posted: October 23, 2010 by apsrising in ABL Season 2 (Two)
Source: ABL NEWS | Saturday, October 23, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010, Bangkok – With a little bit of down-to-wire stardom by Anthony Johnson, the Philippine Patriots were able to rally a late run and carved their way to a 54 – 48 victory from a low-scoring and tightly contested match up with Chang Thailand Slammers.
The Patriots were battling uphill for the entire game, but the surge triggered by Anthony Johnson’s 3-pointer with 3:36 minutes left to play in the 4th quarter. Johnson went on to score another 4 points to lead a 9 – 2 run which kept Patriots lead at 51 – 45 with less than 28 seconds left. Ernesto Billiones and Johnson added another 3 free-throws to seal the game at 54 – 48.
Both teams were in a shooting slump almost entire game, with the Slammers managed to hold a 13 – 6 lead to end the 1st quarter. The shooting strokes for both teams seem to be a bit better, and Slammers leading 29 – 24 to end the half. 3rd quarter was another disastrous offensive performance, with Patriots slightly edged the Slammers 11 – 9 3rd quarter points. The slump remains until the decisive run which cost the home team a pivotal head-to-head victory.
The “Little Big Man” Donald Little was the backbone of the Patriots, leading his team with 14 points 7 rebounds and continue his dominant defensive presence with 5 block shots. Anthony Johnson added 13 points, 8 in the final 3 and a half minutes. Billiones added another 10 points for the Patriots.
Chang Thailand Slammers were led by Sopon Pinitpatcharalert, scoring a team high 13 points including 3/5 from beyond the arc in less than 21 minutes of action. Jason Dixon added a quiet 11 points & 7 rebounds. Slammers primary offensive weapon Chris Kuete was DNP, believed to be sidelined due to the previous collusion with Satria Muda’s Marcus Morrison.