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Fiba 3×3 World Masters: PH’s Balanga Chooks stuns no. 3 Riga Ghetto

By: - Online Sports Editor / @CFColinaINQ

Balanga Chooks’ Alvin Pasaol and Travis Franklin. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines is off to a blistering start in the group stage of 2019 Fiba 3×3 World Tour Masters in Doha, Qatar.

Balanga Chooks, which qualified for the World Tour via the 2019 Chooks-to-Go Asia Pacific Super Quest, stunned world no. 3 Riga Ghetto Latvia, 19-17, in its first game Thursday night.

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American guest player Travis Franklin carried the Balanga in the victory, scoring 14 of the team’s total output.

Alvin Pasaol added four points, including a big 2-pointer that gave Balanga the lead for good, 17-16.

Balanga, which made its name in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 as the 1Bataan Risers, faces Moscow in the other pool C assignment later in the day.

Only the top two teams from each of the four groups will advance to the knockout playoffs.

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