BORACAY Rum overcame an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat new-look Informatics, 93-85, in overtime on Thursday for its first win in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
Roider Cabrera had 11 of his 28 points in a pivotal fourth period and Toto Bandaying hit the game-tying triple to force overtime.
The thrilling win evened the Waves’ record after bowing to Cebuana Lhuillier by just two points, 66-68, in the opening game of the conference.
“Breakthrough win para sa conference na ito after nung loss two days ago,” said Boracay Rum coach Lawrence Chongson. “Kahit masama umpisa namin, almost three quarters masama, nandoon ’yung resolve at fighting heart talaga ng mga bata.”
It was a heartbreaking start for Informatics, which beefed-up its lineup after an Aspirants Cup campaign that ended with just one victory in 10 outings.
Nate Matute finished with 25 points after hitting four-of-six from three-point range, while fellow new recruit Jeric Teng had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Informatics.
But the Icons failed to protect a 53-64 lead to start off the fourth. The Icons were still up, 65-74, with four minutes left in regulation but allowed the Waves to take charge. Informatics then just scored two field goals in overtime.
Boracay Rum tied the game when Bandaying hit a triple for an 81-81 count with 57.9 seconds to play before pulling out stops to force overtime.
Maclean Sabellina broke an 83-83 deadlock with a basket, then took advantage of botched offensive plays by Informatics to grab the lead for good.
Teng missed his second consecutive shot after Eric Acuna lost one of his shoes in the backcourt and the shotclock melting away.
Out of frustration, Teng fouled Cabrera with Informatics in the penalty. Cabrera hit both free throws with 54.4 seconds left for an 87-83 lead. Jeff Viernes and Bandaying also converted free throws to settle the score.
Viernes added 14 points while Bandaying added 10. They hit two three-pointers apiece giving Boracay Rum nine in the game.
Boracay Rum (93) – Cabrera 28, Viernes 14, Bandaying 10, Rosopa 9, Taha 8, Arellano 7, Acibar 4, Tagarda 4, Sabellina 4, Eguilos 2, Monteclaro 2, Siruma 1, Ilagan 0.
Informatics (85) – Matute 25, Teng 20, Rogado 11, Benitez 9, Acidre 7, Cortes 6, Cabonce 5, Ablaza 2, Acuna 0, Montuano 0, Gamboa 0, Camus 0.
Quarterscores: 20-22; 36-38; 53-62; 81-81; 93-85.