Santillan the hero as Bataan wins rubber match with Pasig in Chooks 3x3

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 01, 2019 07:23 PM
Santillan the hero as Bataan wins rubber match with Pasig
Photo courtesy of Chooks Pilipinas 3x3

For the third straight leg in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 President's Cup, the 1Bataan Risers and the Pasig Grindhouse Kings met in the finale.

And their trilogy bout proved to be another classic.

This time around, 1Bataan was able to rise to the occasion, eking out a 21-19 victory over their archrivals on Friday at the SM Fairview Events Center in Quezon City.

With the win, the Risers were able to pick up a 20-point cushion over the Kings in the overall standings in the five-legged tourney, 280 to 260.

But unlike their 19-18 win in the first tour last February 16, 1Bataan had to do grind the tournament out without Sean Manganti who was resting his injured right ankle.

"Ine-expect namin na tough lagi yung laban namin against them kasi mas malalaki sila sa amin," said 5-foot-8 guard Anton Asistio.

Not wanting to suffer the same fate as they did just four days ago, Asistio provided the spark for Bataan, scoring six of his team's first 10 points to gain a four-point cushion.

The trio of Taylor Statham, Troy Rike, and Dylan Ababou bulldozed their way to the paint knot things up at 10-all.

Playing the game of Pasig, Chito Jaime, who was activated in lieu of Manganti, powered his way in the paint to cap a 7-2 rally.

“Kami medyo nanibago kami kasi since yung pre-season pa lang kami na nila Sean yung magkasama pero madali naman kasama loob ng court si kuya Chito,” Asistio said about Jaime.

Pasig would slowly chip off the lead behind the efforts of Joshua Munzon and Statham. However, fouls plagued the Kings late in the game.

With the game tied at 18-all, Munzon fouled Pasaol, Pasig's eighth for the game, that resulted to a split. Santillan would score in the next possession but Ababou gave Pasig a chance with 41 ticks remaining. 

Munzon and Statham though could not convert on their attempts that ultimately led to their downfall.

A free throw by Santillan with 1.6 seconds left sealed 1Bataan's second championship and a cool P100,000.

"Kailangan namin bumawi talaga no excuses," declared Pasaol.

Bataan, who experienced their first loss in the group stages -- a 14-17 loss to the Gerald Anderson-led Marikina Shoemakers, was able to get to the final stage after a routine 21-12 win over the Vigan Wolves. Pasig, on the other hand, picked up an equally dominant 22-12 triumph against the Pasay Voyagers.

In the side events, Franky Johnson put on a show in the Wilson Slam Dunk competition, soundly besting dunk artists Gian Abrigo and Darwin Cantong. Munzon was able to pick up a consolation after a razor-thin 8-7 win over Quezon City-Zark's Kib Montalbo in the Gameville Three-point Shootout.

The President's Cup returns to the SM Megamall Events Center on March 9.

BOX SCORES

1Bataan 21 - Asistio 6, Santillan 5, Pasaol 5, Jaime 5.

Pasig 19 - Munzon 6, Ababou 6, Statham 6, Rike 1.

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