Playing with just three healthy bodies, Alvin Pasaol and Balanga Chooks still willed their way to the top-seed of Pool C in the 2019 FIBA 3X3 World Tour Doha Masters, outlasting world no. 15 Moscow Inanomo in overtime, 20-19, last Thursday (Philippine time) in Doha.
With Yura Bespalov putting Moscow to just a point away from sealing the game, Pasaol put the game in his hands, knocking down a corner deuce to punch Balanga's ticket to the knockout playoffs on Friday.
Pasaol, the no. 4 player in the Philippines, finished with nine points.
Balanga played with a man down as Santi Santillan injured his right ankle in their 19-17 win over Riga Ghetto earlier in the day.
Still, Balanga fought on.
Travis Franklin, who scored 14 points in their first game, kept Balanga in step with Moscow and totaled 10 points.
BALANGA CHOOKS 20 -- Franklin 10, Pasaol 9, Dehesa 0.
MOSCOW INANOMO 19 -- Debda 8, Bergman 5, Bespalov 4, Makshev 2