Powerhouse team, Sandals, moved to the top spot in the ongoing Cool and Smooth Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) Business League after edging out last year’s runners-up APUA Head Office on Monday night.
The 70-66 overtime match-up left fans at the JSC Sports Complex on the edge of their seats, but despite a 21-point effort by national junior player, Tavarus Benta, Head Office could not upset the frontrunners.
Keroi “Dragon” Lee led the victors in scoring with a game-high 27 points while teammates, Keddie Martin and Devorn Benjamin, netted 16 and 15 points respectively.
APUA’s Olivee Morris had 15 points while teammates Kwame “Special K” Braithwaite and Teyon Lake chipped in sinking 13 and 10 points.
With this win, Sandals edged out former champions Kennedys for the top spot with a 15-1 record and put themselves in a favourable position to secure the league championship.
The two teams will battle head to head later this week.
APUA Head Office now move to a 12-4 record in the fifth spot.
In the other matches played that night, Blue Waters edged out Dadli Designs 62-60 while Rackaman Construction Cleaners went under to Antigua and Barbuda International Institute of Technology (ABIIT) 84-59.
Tristan Jacobs sank 19 points for Blue Waters while Dadli Design’s Felix Hamilton netted 14.
ABIIT’s Michael Barton had a game-high 25 points while Franklyn “Spiderman” Corbett scored 17 for Cleaners.