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PH vs. Mongolia final assured as all-Filipino, all-Mongolian Super Quest semis set

Gan-Erdene Gantsolmon sizzled for semis-bound Zaisan. Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas
By Ivan Saldajeno

STA. ROSA, Laguna—It's going to be the Philippines versus Mongolia in the championship game of the Chooks-To-Go FIBA 3x3 Asia-Pacific Super Quest as the two teams representing Mongolia are in one semifinal pairing and two Filipino squads are in another at the end of the pool stages on Saturday night at the Ayala Mall Solenad here.

Zaisan and Sansar set up their semifinal clash after beating their respective opponents in the last two games of the preliminary phase.

Zaisan snapped Melbourne's unbeaten run in Pool A in the worst time possible for the latter with a 21-11 win.

Ikhbayar Chuluunbaatar and Gan-Erdene Gantsolmon each scored eight points to lead Zaisan.

The result forced a three-way tie for the top spot with Manila Chooks at 2-1.

Following the tiebreaker, Zaisan took the top seed, while Manila sealed the second seed, setting up the all-Filipino semifinal against Cebu City Chooks, the top seed in Pool B with a perfect 3-0 record, in the process.

Sansar booked the last ride to the semis with a 15-12 win against Tangerang.

Enkhbaatar Onolbaatar tallied seven markers to lead Sansar, which avoided complications in the process as a Tangerang win would have forced a three-way tie for the second seed in Pool B at 1-2.

The Scores:

Eleventh Game (Pool A)

Zaisan 21 - Chuluunbaatar 8, Gantsolmon 8, Nyamdorj 4, Batsaikhan 1.

Melbourne 11 - Wright 6, Wilks 3, Golding 2, Steel 0.

Time: 9:12.9 (Nyamdorj 1)

Twelfth Game (Pool B)

Sansar 15 - Onolbaatar 7, Ariunbold 6, Batzorig 1, Avarzed 1.

Tangerang 12 - Aziz 4, Itun 4, Johnson 3, Sanjaya 1.

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