Coronation in Chooks 3x3 as Pasig wins first Million Peso Game
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 31, 2019 05:17 PM
Pasig got the better of archrival Bataan to win the first-ever Million Peso Game in Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3
Pasig Grindhouse endured another heated encounter as it ran through old rival 1Bataan, 19-7, to claim the first-ever Chooks-to-Go 3x3 Pilipinas President's Cup, Sunday at SM Fairview.
Joshua Munzon, the country's top ranked 3x3 player, led an inspired attack for the Grindhouse Kings in The Million Peso Game to be hailed as the inaugural champions of the tournament.
They take home the grand prize of, as the name of the game says, PhP 1,000,000.
Munzon scored 11 points in the Finals, most of which coming after an altercation with Chito Jaime midway through the game.
"It's attributed to our hardwork. Since we first lost in this league, that really left a bad taste on our mouths. We're driven every week to push ourselves to get better," said Munzon who was also named the tournament's best player.
"We've been practicing for the physicality. It's something we have to get used to. I feel like we've been a target since week one," he added.
Taylor Statham added five while Troy Rike chipped in two for the Grindhouse Kings who earlier qualified to the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters in Doha following a 19-18 win over the San Juan Knights-Go For Gold in the semis.
Alvin Pasaol led the way for the Risers, scoring five of their seven points in the game.
After a solid outing in the tournament, BAVI President and CEO Ronald Mascarinas later announced that Chooks-to-Go will be rewarding the runners-up with PhP 200,000.
Earlier, Kobe Paras outlasted dunk specialist David Carlos in another exciting edition of the Gameville Slam Dunk Contest.
Paras entertained the crowd with a reverse jam off the backboard to get a 50 to narrowly edge Carlos who finished with 49.
Valenzuela Classic's Chris de Chavez, meanwhile, ruled Three-Point Shootout after outshooting Pasay's JP Belencion, 7-6, in the final round.