WESTPORTS Malaysia Dragons are just a win away from confirming a place in the Asean Basketball League playoffs after a nerve-shredding 97-93 over-time win against the Philippine Patriots in Manila yesterday.
Tiras Wade sank back-to-back three-pointers either side of a three by the Patriots' Aldrech Ramos to break an 88-88 tie before Patrick Cabahug sank two free-throws to seal only the Dragons' second away win over the Patriots in seven attempts.
Wade ended the game with 34 points while his American compatriot Brian Williams had 30 and 18 rebounds as the Dragons (10-9) remain tied with the Indonesia Warriors for third place with two home games to come but more importantly stayed a win-and-a-half ahead of Singapore Slingers (8-10), who kept their playoff hopes alive by beating Saigon Heat 73-67.
The Dragons should have settled the tie in regular time when they led 80-72 with just under three minutes remaining but Al Vergara scored five points in a 10-0 run to take the home team ahead 82-80
Cahabug (17 points) tied the score with two free-throws before Wade's three-point attempt to beat the buzzer failed, forcing the game into the extra period.
RESULTS -- Singapore Slingers 73 Saigon Heat 67, Philippine Patriots 93 Malaysia Dragons 97 (OT).