UAAP dream team a force to reckon with in Chooks 3x3
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 16, 2019 07:31 PM
What do you get when you add La Salle's workhorse, Ateneo's sniper, Adamson's hero, and UE's scoring machine? A winner in the 2019 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3
Pasig Grindhouse hadn’t lost a game in the 2019 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 – be that in the preseason or be that through the first three games of the first leg.
That was, until they ran into the buzzsaw that was Alvin Pasaol-led 1Bataan in the Finals on Saturday at the SM Megamall Events Center in Mandaluyong.
University of the East’s scoring machine proved to be too much, even for ex-pro Dylan Ababou as Santi Santillan just finished what he started for a 19-18 decision in the favor of the Risers.
Of course, in the end, they were nothing but glad to be able to call themselves the winners of the first leg of the upstart league. “Sobrang saya namin kasi nag-work hard talaga kami. Tinalo namin sila sa sipag, siguro,” Pasaol said.
He then continued, “Wala na kaming ibang strategy kasi sobrang laki nila. Underdog na nga kami, undersized pa.”
Indeed, 6-foot-3 Pasaol, 6-foot-5 Santillan, 5-foot-8 Anton Asistio, and 6-foot-5 Sean Manganti were up against 6-foot-3 Ababou, 6-foot-3 Joshua Munzon, 6-foot-7 Troy Rike, and 6-foot-6 Taylor Statham.
And oh, the Kings were the preseason champions and the favorites to win it all again in this first leg.
As it turns out, what Pasig Grindhouse didn’t have, however, was familiarity.
And familiarity was what 1Bataan had in bunches as Ateneo de Manila University’s Asistio, Adamson University’s Manganti, University of the East’s Pasaol, and De La Salle University’s Santillan have spent the last two years going at it with one another in the UAAP.
“Sobrang pleasure na kasama ko na sila ngayon,” Pasaol said. “Kalaban ko sila sa UAAP, pero ni-set aside muna namin egos namin dito. Ang goal lang namin ngayon is to win a championship for Bataan.”
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