Pasig Chooks upsets world no. 1 in FIBA 3x3 World Tour Doha
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 19, 2019 09:21 AM
(Photo courtesy of Chooks Pilipinas 3x3)
Pasig Chooks capped the sensational return of the Philippines in the 2019 FIBA 3X3 World Tour Doha Masters by completing a massive upset of world no. 1 Liman, 19-16, Friday (Philippine time) in Doha.
With the win, Pasig Chooks swept Pool A after also blasting host Katara earlier in the day, 21-14.
It was Filipino-American Taylor Statham and Serbian import Nikola Pavlovic who dug deep against Liman.
With the game knotted at 14-all, Pavlovic knocked down a long deuce over the outstretched arms of Mihailo Vasic with 1:04 left.
Joshua Munzon followed it up with an acrobatic lay-in to give Pasig cushion.
Angelo Tsagarakis, though, fouled Stefan Kojic that resulted to two free throws to cut the lead to just a solitary point.
Statham did not allow Liman to get any closer, however, scoring back-to-back baskets to lift the 2019 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 champions to victory.
The 6-foot-6 Statham, who is the country's no. 2 player, powered Pasig with nine points to jack up his total to 18 points for the day.
Munzon and Pavlovic added four markers each while Tsagarakis had two points.
Though Liman does not have no. 2 player in the world Stefan Stojacic for the entire tournament, they still have no. 3 Aleksandar Ratkov, no. 4 Vasic, and no. 7 Kojic in their arsenal.
Burly big man Ratkov led them Liman with six markers.
PASIG CHOOKS 19 -- Statham 9, Munzon 4, Pavlovic 4, Tsagarakis 2.
LIMAN 16 -- Ratkov 6, Vasic 5, Kojic 3, Kovacevic 2.