Manila Chooks bows out of FIBA 3x3 Montreal Masters


Posted at Sep 05 2021 10:39 AM

A superb effort from Mac Tallo wasn't enough to will Manila Chooks TM to victory. Handout photo
A superb effort from Mac Tallo wasn't enough to will Manila Chooks TM to victory. Handout photo

Manila Chooks TM suffered a heartbreaker to close out their campaign in the pool play of the 2021 FIBA 3x3 Montreal Masters.

The team absorbed a tough 16-21 (7:07) loss to world no. 10 Edmonton, Sunday at the Place des Festivals in Canada.

The result meant that Manila Chooks TM will bow out of the competition at 10th place, tied with USA's Omaha as both squads finished with 0-2 slates, with a point average of 13.5 points. Home team Old Montreal finished at 12th place among the 12 teams.

Coming off a 9-21 loss to world no. 8 Antwerp earlier in the day in the maximum level tournament, Mac Tallo willed Manila Chooks TM with booming deuces and daredevil drives to keep pace with the taller Canadians.

Tallo had a game-high 11 points built on three deuces and four one-point shots.

Manila Chooks TM was plagued with foul trouble in the end game, however.

After a Ross Bekkering bucket that broke the deadlock, Zach Huang committed Manila Chooks TM's seventh foul that put Steve Sir to the stripe for two. The former World Cup shootout champ, who was playing in his last Masters, knocked down the two freebies with ease.

Alex Johnson then converted on the game-winner with 2:53 left.

"We have no excuses," said Manila Chooks TM head trainer Aldin Ayo. "Hindi lumabas yung mga pinractice namin."

"We as coaches are accountable, lalo na ako, sa result ng campaign natin. Hindi ko napalabas yung mga pinrepare natin," he admitted.

Dennis Santos and Mark Yee added two markers each while Huang chipped in a point.

Guard Adika Peter-McNeilly had seven points to lead Edmonton, who together with Antwerp will advance to the next round. Six-foot-eight Dutchman had six points while Sir and Johnson tallied five and three points, respectively.

In Manila Chooks TM's first game, Tallo had five points. Yee and Huang finished with three markers each as Dennis Santos went scoreless.

Belgium's top player Nick Celis, who stands at 6-foot-5, had nine points for Antwerp, going 7-of-8 from the field. Six-foot-six Thierry Marien added eight markers as he went 6-of-6 from the field.

Antwerp is composed of Belgium's national team that finished in fourth place in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.