Pasig gets back at Bataan, gets gold in Chooks 3x3's second leg

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 24, 2019 05:44 PM
Pasig gets back at Bataan, gets gold in Chooks 3x3's 2nd leg
Same Finals matchup, different result in the second leg of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3

Pasig Grindhouse exacted vengeance on 1Bataan in the second leg of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 with a thrilling 21-18 triumph Sunday at the SM Megamall Events Center in Mandaluyong

Joshua Munzon delivered the game-winning two-pointer with 1:25 left over the outstretched arms of Santi Santillan as the Kings were able to get redemption from their loss to the very same Risers in the first leg's Finals a week ago. 

"It was so sweet, especially after losing the last leg in the championship game," said Munzon as the dynamic Fil-Am scorer led the way for Pasig with eight points.  "It was a great comeback for us." 

Taylor Statham was right behind Munzon with seven points and Dylan Ababou chipped in with six. 

Pasig was in the driver's seat with a 12-6 advantage midway through the contest and things went from bad to worse for Bataan as Sean Manganti hurt his right ankle while taking a jumper. 

Only, Manganti's injury seemed to have lit a fire underneath the Risers as they clawed their way back into the fold.

Santillan eventually gave Bataan the lead, 15-14, with a pair of free throws.

However, Pasig was able to hold off the Bataan's comeback bid thanks to timely stops and crucial baskets down the stretch. 

"We needed to stop fouling. We needed to get stops," Munzon pointed out. "We had to find a way to take control a little bit. We just found a way." 

Statham knotted the game at 18 apiece before a basket from Ababou gave Pasig a slim one-point lead with 1:40 remaining.

Following Santillan's missed hook shot, Munzon then hit the long ball that won for them the game as well as Php 100, 000.

"Just keep working, just stay hungry, not getting satisfied" Munzon shared about the team's focus in the remaining legs. "And continue to make that push. We want it all so keep grinding it out." 

In order to get through the last stage of the tournament, Pasig needed to outlast the Vigan Baluarte Wolves in the semis, 20-19.

Bataan, on the other hand, had an easier route to the finals, disposing of the San Juan Knights-Go for Gold, 21-15, in just five minutes and 35 seconds.

Meanwhile, Jan Jamon of the Carga Valenzuela Classics won the second leg’s Gameville 3-point Shootout with six triples, edging Pasig's Ababou.

In the Gameville Dunk Contest, Joe Gomez De Liano was crowned champion. 

BOX SCORES

PASIG GRINDHOUSE 21 -- Munzon 8, Statham 7, Ababou 6, Rike 0.

1BATAAN 18 -- Santillan 6, Asistio 5, Pasaol 4, Manganti 3.

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