Pasig, Bataan still alive and kicking in Chooks 3x3 Super Quest

ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 06, 2019 05:29 PM
Pasig, Bataan still alive in Chooks 3x3 Super Quest
Pasig and Bataan did what they had to do to advance in the Asia Pacific Super Quest

Philippine teams Pasig Grindhouse Kings and 1Bataan Risers are through to the playoffs of the Chooks-to-Go 3x3 Asia Pacific Super Quest after strong showings, Saturday at SM Megamall Fashion Hall in Mandaluyong.

Taylor Statham powered the President's Cup champions to a 21-15 win over Absolute 3x3 of Chinese Taipei as they claimed the top-seed in Pool C.

The 6-foot-6, Fil-Am forward was sensational all game long with 10 points, including two of the final four that put the Taiwanese to rest.

Serbian import Nikola Pavlovic and Joshua Munzon both had four points as Troy Rike added three to arrange a quarterfinal duel against TSV Reading Cinema of Australia that will take place on Sunday at the same venue.

"Honestly, it's a testament to who we are as people off the court. We're all very close," said Statham. "Nikola has done a great job of coming in and adding into our team and not taking anything away. We all compete hard and we just love playing together, you can see it to how we play."

On the other hand, 1Bataan showed tremendous resolve in a tough 17-21 defeat to world no. 19 Tokyo Dime.exe of Japan as it settled for second place in Pool B.

Travis Franklin's 10-point output was no match for the opposition's hot streak from deep, with top Japanese 3x3 player Tomoya Ochiai firing nine points in the win.

Keita Suzuki also had all of his six points from deep for Tokyo Dime.exe, as the Philippine side got little help from their locals.

The defeat dropped the Risers to 1-1, as they are set for a quarterfinal clash against SSLC of China.

World no. 15 Ulaanbaatar of Mongolia claimed the top seed in Pool A with a tough 16-14 win over TSV Reading Cinemas of Australia, while Jakarta West Bandits also scored a 21-16 triumph against Absolute 3x3 in the Pool C face off.

Zheng Yuqi also buried a long bomb with 1:44 remaining to propel SSLC to the top of Pool D with a 21-18 win over Aotearoa of New Zealand.

That win wasted the gutsy showing of Saigon Aces, which scored a 16-15 shocker over the Chinese crew behind Ryan Monteclaro's free throw with 4.4 seconds on the clock.

The champion of the Asia Pacific Super Quest will book their ticket to both the FIBA 3X3 World Tour Masters Doha from April 18 to 19 and the Challenger Series in Penang from May 12 to 13. Moreover, it will bring home USD 20,000.

The runners-up will also head to the Doha tournament while pocketing USD 15,000.

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