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Pasig rules Leg 1 of Chooks 3x3 MelMac Cup

Pasig Chooks ruled Leg 1 of the Chooks-To-Go Pilipinas 3x3 MelMac Cup. Chooks-To-Go
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Joshua Munzon came alive in crunch time as Pasig Chooks edged Balanga Chooks, 21-20, in the men's division final of the first leg of the Chooks-To-Go Pilipinas 3x3 MelMac Cup at the Gold's Gym Sheridan in Mandaluyong on Friday.

Munzon carried the fight late to steal the win for Pasig, which took home PHP100,000 for the championship.

With his team down, 18-19, Munzon drained a huge two-point bomb to give Pasig a 20-19 lead.

Santi Santillan scored on a one-handed dunk to knot the count at 20-all, but he committed a traveling violation with 2:04 left, setting up Munzon's final blow.

Munzon forced a Santillan foul while attempting the layup, and he scored the winning free throw for Pasig with 2:01 to spare.

"We want to prove that we're the best team in the Philippines. We just got to keep on doing the right things and continue to make the right plays," said Munzon, who finished with 13 points for Pasig.

Alvin Pasaol also had 13 markers for Balanga, which settled for the PHP30,000 runner-up prize.

Returning Quezon City finished third in the first of five legs of the said conference, a Level 5 3x3 tournament.

In the women's division final, Ever Bilena made quick work of Blackwater for a 21-9 win in a game that only lasted for five minutes and 20 seconds.

Afril Bernardino set up Ever Bilena's breakaway with five straight points to start the game before eventually finishing with six points.

Janine Pontejos also tallied six markers for Ever Bilena.

Chack Cabinbin made four markers for Blackwater, which failed to follow up from its 21-18 win over Ever Bilena in pool play.

The Scores:

Men's Finals:

PASIG 21 -- Munzon 13, Johnson 7, Rike 1, Ababou 0.

BALANGA 20 -- Pasaol 13, Santillan 4, Dehesa 3, De Chavez 0.

Women's Finals:

EVER BILENA 21 -- Bernardino 6, Pontejos 6, Miranda 5, Castillo 4.

BLACKWATER 9 -- Cabinbin 4, Chan 2, Penaranda 2, Nabalan 1.

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