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Chico Lanete scores winning charities as Manila Chooks gains last Manila Masters playoff spot

Chico Lanete gets emotional after winning the game for Manila Chooks. Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas
By Ivan Saldajeno

PARAÑAQUE—Chico Lanete nailed the clinching baskets as Manila Chooks completed the quarterfinal cast in the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Manila Masters with a 21-19 win over Zaisan MMC Energy in the final game of the pool stages on Saturday night at the Ayala Malls Manila Bay Activity Center.

Lanete took advantage of a crucial loose ball foul from Ikhbayar Chuluunbaatar and sank two free throws with 2:35 left that broke a 19-all time as Manila stole the win from Zaisan, which led for most of the hotly contested clash.

Lanete finished with 12 points, while Henry Iloka added five and Dennis Santos chipped in four for Manila, which will face Pool B top seed Sansar in the quarterfinals on Sunday.

With Cebu City Chooks already setting a quarterfinal date with Liman earlier Saturday, this means both Filipino teams are in the knockout stages.

Meanwhile, Sansar scored the top seed despite losing to Melbourne, 16-22, in the final Pool B match-up.

The result forced a three-way tie with Antwerp at 1-1.

Antwerp, however, was knocked out of the competition as they got the lowest total score among the three with 32 points.

Sansar and Melbourne both finished with 37 points, but Sansar sealed the top seed as they have the better pre-tournament seeding than Melbourne.

Warsaw booked its own place in the quarterfinals after knocking out Gurugram, 21-15.

Warsaw faces Ub, while Melbourne takes on Ulaanbaatar in the other two quarterfinal pairings.

The Scores:

Pool B Game 3:

Melbourne 22 - Wagstaff 11, Steel 6, Hire 3, Wilks 2.

Sansar 16 - Onolbaatar 5, Ariunbold 5, Borgil 4, Avarzed 2.

Time: Wagstaff 2 (8:49)

Pool C Game 3:

Warsaw 21 - Zamojski 13, Diduszko 3, Pawlowski 3, Rduch 2.

Gurugram 15 - Gill B. 6, Shastri 5, Gill I. 4, Ramirez 0.

Time: Zamojski FT (9:33)

Pool D Game 3:

Manila 21 - Lanete 12, Iloka 5, Santos 4, Holmqvist 0. 

Zaisan 19 - Chuluunbaatar 9, Gantsolmon 7, Nyamdorj 3, Batsaikhan 0.

Time: Lanete FT (7:25)

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