1Bataan sizzled early and never looked back against Anytours M1, taking a 21-12 victory, to open their Pool B campaign in the 2019 Chooks-to-Go 3×3 Asia Pacific Super Quest, Saturday at the SM Megamall Fashion Hall.
With the win, 1Bataan advanced to the next round, while Anytours M1 ended their campaign winless. The Risers will still face Japan’s Tokyo Dime at 2:40pm.
“Tataas kumpyansa namin dahil nanalo nga kami. Kailangan namin mag qualify as one of the high seeds,” said Alvin Pasaol.
Behind the might of American import Travis Franklin and the efforts of Pasaol, the Risers raced to a 9-0 lead early and cruised the rest of the way.
Joshua Walker and Reggie Okosa tried to will the Hong Kong-based club back, cutting the lead to as low four, 11-15. But Pasaol then heated up, knocking down a trifecta of deuces to seal their ticket to knockout playoffs on Sunday, April 7.
Pasaol had nine points, while Franklin and Karl Dehesa finished with six and five markers, respectively.
“Sobrang saya atsaka… at unexpected na may makakalaro kami na malaki na mga kalaban. Malalakas sila pero puso may kami eh,” the UE product shared as they faced a squad beefed up by three Americans.
Walker was the high point man for Hong Kong with seven points.
Australia’s TSV Reading Cinema booted Korea’s Enerskin out of the regional meet, 21-12. Tim Coenraad layup with 2:33 left ended the contest with 2:33 still left on the clock.
The Lee Seung-jun-led squad lost its first game, 15-21, against tournament favorite Ulaanbaatar to open Pool A action earlier.
The Kiwis gave Ryan Monteclaro a sour homecoming to open Pool D festivities, as Aetearoa outclassed the Saigon Aces, 17-13.
1Bataan 21 — Pasaol 9, Franklin 6, Dehesa 5, Santillan 1.
Anytours M1 12 — Walker 7, Okosa 4, Jones 1, Tsang 0.