|Joshua Munzon and Pasig Chooks gave Lyon an early scare in their quarterfinal clash. Chooks-To-Go|
By Dugout Philippines
QUEZON CITY--Right after bowing out of the 2019 Chooks-to-Go Manila Challenger, Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas gathered Pasig.
Expecting a scolding, the quartet of Joshua Munzon, Dylan Ababou, Troy Rike, and Nikola Pavlovic were instead given a surprise.
"Look around this venue. Everyone is cheering for you," said Boss Ronald. "You carried us throughout this tournament.
"For that, we at Chooks-to-Go are giving you a simple token to show our appreciation for your brave stand."
Pasig had to go through the qualifying draw to advance to the tournament proper. Though painful, they had to eliminate fellow Filipino clubs Isabela City and Zamboanga.
From there, Pasig fell to Ulaanbaatar, 16-22.
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Needing to dig deep to make it to the final day, Munzon rose to the occasion, lifting Pasig past Kranj, 19-15.
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However, the Cinderella run was stopped by Lyon in the quarters, 17-20.
"Dito sa Chooks-to-Go, we always say na walang iwanan. This means that we will be with you during the best of times but we will not leave you during defeats. That is the Bounty way."
And this motivated Pasig even more to do well as the country is in the final stage of trying to make it to the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
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