CEBU City, Philippines – The Golds Gym- Pasig City Kings ruled supreme after besting Phenom CTC Construction- Basilan, 21-15, in the championship match of the Chooks to Go Pilipinas Patriots Cup Second Season Leg 1 at the SM City Seaside Mountainside atrium Sunday afternoon.
The well-rested Pasig controlled the large part of the game before they ended the misery of Basilan with Taylor Statham’s 2-pointer to end the game still with 2 minutes and 8 seconds remaining in regulation time to win the P100,000 Leg championship prize and a 100 points in the leadership board.
Basilan carried the momentum from its thrilling 21-19 win over the Wilkins Balanga Blazers in the semifinal game as they took control of the first minutes of the game. And managed to keep the game close until the middle part despite the red-hot game of Statham, before they felt the sting of the Kings defense.
It was just a matter of minutes when Pasig slowly pulled away for good as they doused the red hot shooting game of Franky Johnson with cold waters, leaving only Marcus James Hammond II as the scoring option for the Basilan Phenom. Statham scored 13 points while Joshua Munzon and import Nikola Pavlovic added four points for Pasig each while Basilan import Hammond lead had 11 points while Johnson and Roosevelt Adams added two points each for Basilan.
Pasig earlier defeated VetHealth-Delhi in the other semifinal game, 21-16 still with three minutes left in regulation time. “It is really amazing how the Cebuanos accepted 3×3 competitions. Not just the event organized by Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. From what we had last January (record-setting 3×3 competitions held at the Sisters of Mary School Boystown in Tungkop, Minglanilla).
This one (Patriot’s Cup) is very overwhelming. I should say that this is a very successful undertaking, just by the looks of the audience that we had, and I would like to thank the Cebuanos for coming out and supporting this event,” Chooks to Go president and CEO Ronald Mascarinas told iNews.Ph.
The win put Pasig in good a position of winning the slot as the Philippine representative in the qualifying tournament for the Tokyo Olympic 3×3 tournament as they now own five leg titles including four in the first conference last February. In the skills challenge, Philippine slam dunk king David Carlos came out the best dunker after scoring a perfect 50 points score on his second dunk.
Despite failing on his first attempt on the second round and hurting himself when he had a bad landing, Carlos was able to execute a one-handed tomahawk dunk, while leaping over a Chooks to Go mascot.