Close  

PH bets Balanga, Pasig stun top seeded teams in Day 1 of FIBA 3×3 World Masters

By: - Online Sports Editor / @CFColinaINQ
/ 02:51 PM April 19, 2019

Alvin Pasaol of Balanga Chooks. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines performed beyond expectations in the group stages of 2019 FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters Thursday night.

Balanga Chooks and Pasig Chooks both went 2-0 in the first day of competition, stunning world-class teams in Doha, Qatar to enter the knockout playoff round.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Our teams showed the world what we have been doing for the last three months,” said Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 commissioner Eric Altamirano.

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

FEATURED STORIES

“Unlike past teams that were confused with the rules, Pasig and Balanga only made a few mental mistakes during their games. In addition, they were disciplined.”

Balanga set the tone for the Philippine delegation, pulling off a 19-17 stunner over no. 3 seed Riga Ghetto of Latvia then followed it up with a 20-19 overtime thriller over Moscow Inanomo.

Alvin Pasaol was the hero for the Filipinos in the second game, scoring a clutch two-pointer to clinch the victory. In 3×3 rules, the first time to score in OT wins.

Pasig, meanwhile, opened with a dominating 21-14 win over home team Qatar then took down no. 1 Liman of Serbia, 19-16, in a massive upset for a sweep of Pool A.

READ: Pasig Chooks beats Katara in impressive start for PH

“I am very happy in the way our team took care of business today. Beating the number one team in the world is a great accomplishment but we are nowhere near satisfied,” said Statham.

Balanga’s American reinforcement Travis Franklin ended up as the day’s leading scorer with 24 points. Pasig’s Statham finished in second with 18 points.

ADVERTISEMENT

Pasig squares off against Riga Ghetto to open the quarterfinals stage at 9:45pm tournament at 9:45 pm Friday while Balanga Liman at 11:15 pm.

Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: 2019 Fiba 3x3 World Tour Masters, Basketball, Sports
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.



© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.