Basilan announces arrival as champs of Chooks 3x3 Patriot’s Cup
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 28, 2019 10:28 AM
(Photo courtesy Chooks Pilipinas 3x3)
Newcomers Phenom-Basilan Steel completed their Cinderella run in the 2019 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 Patriot's Cup presented by Coca-Cola, outlasting veteran-laden Wilkins-Balanga Pure, 21-20, in an overtime thriller, last Saturday at SM Megamall Events Center.
Not only did Basilan punch their ticket to the 2019 FIBA 3X3 Jeddah Masters on October 18 to, they also brought home PhP 1,000,000 in cash.
"Wala akong masabi. It couldn't get more exciting as this," said Basilan team manager Jackson Chua. "Ang hirap ng dinaanan namin. No better way to end it."
And Basilan has no one else to thank, but Franky Johnson for this one.
In the race-to-two extra time period, Basilan was down one after a Karl Dehesa layup.
Showing his veteran wares in the next possession, Troy Rike made a quick handoff to Johnson who then danced his way to the right corner before heaving a fadeaway deuce over the outstretched arms of Dehesa.
Pandemonium ensued afterward.
"Everything was just moving so fast," recalled Johnson. "I wasn’t even thinking about that shot, but as soon as my teammate got the rebound and got the ball to me, I was just kinda open a little bit so I just decided to pull it.
"Thank God it went in, so I’m really excited about that," he expressed.
Johnson had four points in the Million Peso Game while Rike had one.
Marcus Hammonds and Roosevelt Adams also added 11 and six points, respectively, for the Steel.
For the second straight conference, the Balanga franchise finished in second-place, bringing home PhP 400,000 and a ticket to the 2019 Xiongan Challenger which takes place from August 23-24.
Alvin Pasaol and Travis Franklin paced Balanga with seven points each. Chris De Chavez, who forced overtime with a driving layup with six ticks remaining, and Dehesa added three markers apiece.
The Gold’s Gym-Pasig Kings completed the podium, bagging PhP 200,000.
In the side events, VetHealth-Delhi's Kiran Shastri completed a five-leg sweep of the Coca-Cola Two-Point Shootout while David Carlos and Brodie Stephens were crowned co-champions in the Coca-Cola Slam Dunk Competition.