(UPDATED) Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 pulled out all the stops in the endgame to outlast host Indonesia and complete a sweep of the Jakarta 3x3 International Invitational Challenge, Saturday evening in Jakarta.
Chooks 3x3 defeated the home team, 21-17 (7:02), in their final game.
"Unang-una, inaalay natin ito sa ating mga kababayan. It's for them," said Chooks-to-Go 3x3 program director Eric Altamirano about the team's five-game sweep of this tournament hosted by Indonesian federation PERBASI as part of their Southeast Asian Games prep.
"Secondly, we are preparing for the OQT. This is a good tournament to start. I'm really proud of the boys."
It was a good test for the Philippine side, as it played five games in a span of four hours.
Indonesia gave the Philippines all it could handle in the finale, and the game was tied at 17 with 3:17 remaining.
Joshua Munzon and Alvin Pasaol, however, would not allow an upset to take place.
Munzon, the top 3x3 player in the country, powered his way inside the paint for the go-ahead bucket then forced a stop on the other end. He missed a tough layup in their next trip down, but Pasaol was there for the putback, plus the foul.
As Indonesia already had seven fouls, Pasaol was awarded two free throws. He knocked down both charities with 2:58 left, with the latter serving as the championship point.
Pasaol tallied a game-high 10 points, while Munzon finished with 7. Santi Santillan had 3 points, and Troy Rike contributed one.
Chooks 3x3 began the day with a quick 21-10 (6:08) win over world No. 40 Chinese-Taipei. They then defeated Southeast Asian Games-bound squads Malaysia (21-17 - 7:04), Indonesia (21-13 - 9:13), and Vietnam (19-14) to sweep the elims.
According to Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 league owner Ronald Mascariñas, they are planning to join more pocket tournaments to close out the year.
"We can't afford to rest on our laurels especially with the OQT just four months away," said Mascariñas. "We are thinking of organizing another pocket tournament this December to accumulate more points for our potential pool players and, as well as, keep our players going heading into the first quarter of 2020."
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