Cebu and Manila Chooks 3×3 teams win opening matches in Mongolia
CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu Chooks 3×3 and Manila Chooks 3×3 teams opened their campaign at the 2022 FIBA 3×3 Asia-Pacific Chooks-to-Go Super Quest in Ulaanbaatar, Philippines. Mongolia, in beauty.
This is after the two teams won their respective matches on Friday, May 6, 2022, the first day of the international 3×3 basketball tournament.
In Pool B’s opener, Dennis Santos scored the winning shot, taking the Manila Chooks to a 21-20 (9:32.9) win over Zaisan MMC Energy on Friday at UB Palace in Mongolia.
Trailing 17-20 with 1:24 remaining, newly added player Ron Dennison was fouled and nailed both of his free throws to cut Zaizan’s lead to one point.
Veteran Chico Lanete then scored on a lay-up at the other end to tie the game. After a defensive save, Santos started from the baseline, scoring the winning shot with 27.1 seconds left, which the Filipinos valiantly protected until the final buzzer.
Santos finished with five points while Lanete has six. The team’s Nigerian import, Henry Iloka endured a painful right ankle twist during the game, tallying six points and ten rebounds.
Meanwhile, Cebu Chooks outmaneuvered Amgalan MMC Energy, 21-10, in Pool A.
Cebuano ace keeper Mac Tallo led the team’s lopsided win with 10 points. He put Cebu Chooks into a comfortable lead early in the game, 12-2, and didn’t look back.
Brandon Ramirez sealed the win by scoring the team winner with 21.6 seconds left.
The team’s defensive anchor, Zach Huang, who is also from Cebu, contributed five markers while Cameroon’s Mike Nzeusseu and Ramirez both scored three points.
Manila will face Zavkhan and Sansar later today while Cebu still has Yokohama and Ulaanbaatar.
The top three teams in each group advance to the knockout stages, with the first seed automatically earning a place in the semi-finals. /rcg
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