(Photo courtesy of Chooks Pilipinas 3×3)
Playing with only three healthy bodies, Alvin Pasaol and Balanga Chooks even made way for the lead of Pool C in the FBI 3X3 World Tour Doha Masters of 2019, beating the world no. 15 Moscow Inanomo in overtime, 20-19, last Thursday (Filipino time) in Doha.
With Yura Bespalov putting Moscow to just one point of the game, Pasaol put the game in their hands, knocking out a corner duel to give Balanga's kick for Friday's playoffs.
Pasaol, or not. 4 player in the Philippines, finished with nine points.
Balanga played with a man down when Santi Santillan injured his right ankle in the 19-17 victory over the Riga Ghetto earlier in the day.
Still, Balanga fought.
Travis Franklin, who scored 14 points in his first game, kept Balanga next to Moscow and scored 10 points.
BALANGA CHOOKS 20 – Franklin 10, Pasaol 9, Dehesa 0.
MOSCOU INANOMO 19 – Debda 8, Bergman 5, Bespalov 4, Makshev 2