Chooks Pilipinas clobbers Thailand's Mono Vampire in Champions Cup
Paul Lintag on Sep 24, 2017 04:32 PM
Kiefer Ravena scored 14 of his 24 total points in the fourth period as Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas took over Group A lead in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup. (FIBA)
Big bounce back effort by Chooks-to-Go.
Team Pilipinas is back on the winning track in the 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup after clobbering the Mono Vampires, less than 24 hours following a disappointing loss to Palestine.
Behind a scoring explosion from Carl Bryan Cruz, Chooks-Pilipinas took out Thailand's representatives in the Asian Club meet, scoring a 115-102 victory Sunday at the Chenzhou Sports Center in Chenzhou, China.
Cruz fired a total of eight treys to lead Chooks-to-Go in scoring with 28 points, setting the tone early and allowing the team's other two stars to take over late.
After hurting his leg Saturday, import Isaiah Austin looked perfectly healthy against the Mono Vampires, dropping 27 points, 19 rebounds, and four blocks. His final windmill slam as time expired punctuated Team Pilipinas' rousing victory.
Kiefer Ravena, who came in as the team's leading scorer with 23 points per game, also played well, adding another 24 markers with 14 of them coming in the fourth and final quarter. The Phenom also had seven assists for good measure.
Now with a 2-1 record, Chooks-Pilipinas took over the lead in Group A and is most likely headed to the quarterfinals. However, the team still needs a win over Iran's Petrochimi to make sure.
Behind the shooting of Cruz, Chooks-to-Go got off to a fast start, dropping 31 points right in the first quarter. But the Mono Vampires, with former PBA import Mike Singletary at the lead, would keep the game close before Team Pilipinas dropped the hammer in the fourth.
Singletary finished with 32 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists for Thailand.
CHOOKS-TO-GO PILIPINAS 115 - Cruz 28, Austin 27, Ravena 24, Jero. Teng 17, Revilla 9, Manuel 3, Tamsi 3, Jose 2, Vosotros 2, Jeri. Teng 0, Torres 0.
MONO VAMPIRE 102 - Singletary 32, Brickman 17, Kruatiwa 17, Klahan 10, Apiromvilaichai 8, Sunthonsiri 7, Phuangla 6, Sekteera 3, Chanthachon 2, Boonyai 0.
Quarters: 31-22, 57-51, 81-77, 115-101.
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