Basilan gets over hump as king of third leg of Chooks 3x3 Patriot's Cup
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 06, 2019 06:58 PM
Photo courtesy of Chooks Pilipinas 3x3
After suffering two heartbreaking Finals losses in the first two legs, Phenom-Basilan finally won the big one, taking down the Wilkins Balanga Pure, 21-16 (1:36), in the finale of the 2019 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 Patriot's Cup presented by Coca-Cola's third stop, Saturday at SM Center Muntinlupa.
"We deserve this," said Franky Johnson as Phenom-Basilan lost to Gold's Gym-Pasig in the finale of the first leg, 15-21, and fell to VetHealth-Delhi in the last stage of the second leg, 20-21 (3:36).
"We did this for the whole province of Basilan. That's our goal, to redefine Basilan," he added.
The finale was as close as they come as the game was deadlocked four times.
Marcus Hammonds broke a 13-all tie with an and-one followed by a Troy Rike basket.
Alvin Pasaol and Franky Johnson then exchanged deuces, but costly misses by Pasaol from the foul stripe and another bucket by Rike with 1:50 remaining extended the Steel's cushion to four.
Karl Dehesa was able to score on a quick layup for Balanga with 1:44 left only to see Johnson knock down the championship-sealing deuce eight seconds later.
Johnson had nine points in the Finals while Hammonds added seven markers.
Travis Franklin paced Balanga with six markers while Dehesa and Pasaol had five and four points, respectively.
Pending Pasig's finish in the 2019 Poitiers Challenger, Basilan rose to the top of the table with 260 points while Wilkins Balanga sits at third with 210. The Steel also pocketed PhP 100, 000 for winning the leg.
VetHealth-Delhi remained at second with 230 points.
In the Coca-Cola side events, David Carlos from guest team Gold's Gym-Muntinlupa and VetHealth-Delhi's Kiran Shastri retained their crowns in the Slam Dunk Contest and Two-Point Shootout, respectively.
The penultimate leg of the Patriot's Cup takes place on Saturday, July 13 at SM Megamall Events Center.