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Bacolod has magical maiden run by winning second leg of Chooks 3x3 Magiting Cup

By ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 07, 2019 01:12 PM

(Photo courtesy of Chooks Pilipinas 3x3)

Adrian Celada completed Fyr Fyter Bacolod's magical run in the second leg of the 2019 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 Magiting Cup, lifting his side to a 21-19 (8:05) over the Mindoro Tamaraws in the final, last Friday at SM Fairview Events Center.

"Last conference, hindi ko naranasan ito. Dati, kami yung nakatingala pero ngayon, isa na kami sa tinitingala. Iba pala yung pakiramdam," said Celada, who played for the Tycoon QC Ballers last conference.

Down 15-17 with under four minutes left, Celada took charge, scoring five of the last six points of Bacolod -- including the game-winning lay-up with 1:55 remaining to win the PhP 100, 000 pot.

"Kahit sino sa amin puwedeng tumira, pero ako yung nagka-chance kanina. Lahat sa amin kaya gawin yun," added Celada, who totaled seven points in the game.

Big man Mark Yee added seven markers of his own while Mark Dela Cruz and Louie Medalla chipped in four and three markers, respectively.

Streaky shooter Rodel Vaygan paced Mindoro with eight points while Joshua Saret had six markers.

Bacolod, who finished fifth in the first leg in this tournament backed by Coca-Cola, rose to solo third with 150 points. Mindoro, on the other hand, rose to a tie for fourth with Phenom-Basilan with 140 points.

To get to the finale, Bacolod shocked last leg's runner-up Phenom Basilan, 21-17 (9:38.3) while Mindoro romped Equalivet-Pateros, 21-15 (6:15).

Pasig and Balanga did not participate in this leg as they are preparing for the 2019 Chooks-to-Go Manila Masters this weekend. Both teams will be credited with 60 points.

In the Chooks-to-Go Harissa Roast side-events, David Carlos scored his second win in the dunk competition while Pateros' James Martinez took down the two-point shootout.

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