Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas scores tough win to start Champions Cup
Paul Lintag on Sep 22, 2017 11:37 PM
Down eight at the break, the Philippines held BC Astana to only 12 points in the third period before relying on big plays in the fourth to pull off the win. (FIBA)
Chemistry issues were evident to start but Chooks-to-Go proved to be the steadier team as the Philippines opened the 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup with a big victory.
Clamping down on defense in the second half, Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas scored a booming 73-65 win over BC Astana Kazakhstan Friday, opening Group A play at the Chenzhou City Arena in Chenzhou, China.
Down eight at the break, the Philippines held BC Astana to only 12 points in the third period before relying on big plays in the fourth to pull off the win.
Holding on to a three-point lead, 66-63, LA Revilla forced a turnover and went all the way for a layup on the other end as Chooks-to-Go took a five-point cushion with 2:20 to go.
Import Isaiah Austin then put the Philippines ahead, 70-63, with a tough jumper less than 30 seconds later. Kiefer Ravena iced the game with two free throws with18 seconds remaining.
Chooks-to-Go gave up 24 points in the second period as BC Astana took control, however, the undermanned Philippine team turned up the heat defensively in the second half, allowing only 22 points in the last two quarters.
The team played with only Austin as reinforcement as Rod Ebondo still has no visa to travel to China.
Ravena was the leading scorer for Chooks-Pilipinas with 22 points while Austin was as good as advertised with an incredible all-around effort. The former Baylor star finished with 17 points, 18 rebounds, and six blocks.
Dmitriy Gavrilov led Kazakhstan with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Chooks-to-Go will return to the court tomorrow vs. Palestine.
CHOOKS-TO-GO PILIPINAS 73 — Ravena 22, Austin 17, Manuel 10, Jeri. Teng 7, Jose 6, Revilla 5, Cruz 2, Torres 2, Jero. Teng 1, Tamsi 1, Vosotros 0.
BC ASTANA 65 — Gavrilov 11, Clemmons 10, Carter 10, Degtyarev 8, Murzagaliyev 8, Zhigulin 8, Yergali 6, Kolesnikov 2, Marchuk 2, Chsherbak 0.
Quarters: 21-19, 35-43, 57-55, 73-65.
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