FIBA 3X3: Pasig, Balanga crash out of World Tour Masters

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Posted at Apr 20 2019 09:19 AM

Pasig's Joshua Munzon while going up against Riga Ghetto. Handout photo

Balanga Chooks and Pasig Chooks crashed out of the quarterfinals of the 2019 FIBA World Tour Masters in Doha after losing to top seeded Liman and number 3 Riga Ghetto.

Pasig fell to Riga, 15-21, while Balanga lost to Liman, 9-21, ending their title aspirations for the first of 12 World Tour legs this season.

Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 commissioner Eric Altamirano said he remains proud of the valiant stand put up by the two Pinoy squads.

"We made a statement that we belong here in the World Tour," he said as Pasig stunned Liman, 19-16, while Balanga shocked Riga, 19-17, during the pool stages last Thursday.

"Seeing the level of play here and knowing that we can keep up with the world's best, it will definitely make our players hungrier to get back in the next legs of the World Tour," he added.

Riga took down the Doha Masters, taking a close 15-14 win over Liman, who snapped the 35-game winning streak of Novi Sad 20-17 during the semifinals.

For sweeping Pool A, the Pasig quartet of Taylor Statham, Joshua Munzon, Angelo Tsagarakis, and Nikola Pavlovic ended up as fifth place to bring home $5,000 while Balanga's Travis Franklin, Alvin Pasaol, Karl Dehesa, and Santi Santillan, who swept Pool C, finished in sixth place in the 12-team meet.

Seeing that the Filipino is at-par with the world's finest, Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 league owner Ronald Mascariñas vowed that there will be more to come for Philippine 3x3 basketball.

"Now that we are back in the game, we will join every 3x3 tournament FIBA wants us to join," he said. 

"This is just the start for us. We will continue to raise the level of our league, hoping that one day we can be seen by the world as one of the elite 3x3 basketball countries."

In the slam dunk competition, David Carlos' jaw-dropping set of jams was not enough to take down 2018 FIBA 3X3 World Tour Dunk Champion Vadim Miller.

Carlos' three-dunk show that was highlighted by a scorpion dunk over Pasaol only ended up with a total score of 85. Miller, on the other hand, put on a flawless performance for a score of 90.

The 5-foot-9 Filipino dunk artist still brought home $500 for his efforts.

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