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Nikola Pavlovic takes over in OT against Lyon, carries Pasig to Poitiers playoffs

Nikola Pavlovic made sure to be the one to lift Pasig Chooks-to-Go out of the rot it was in, towing the squad to a 23-20 overtime win over France’s Lyon Blacklist, Saturday morning in Plaza de Leclerc in Poitiers, France.

The Serbian import, who was a former member of topflight squad Novi Sad, converted on a Joshua Munzon steal to give Pasig the advantage in the race-to-two overtime. A miss by Raphael Wilson led to a Pavlovic deuce to seal the win.

Pavlovic had 10 big points in the contest.

The ensured that Pasig, who was on a four-game losing streak in Challenger competitions, advanced to the knockout playoffs of the 2019 FIBA 3X3 Poitiers Challenger as Lyon fell to 0-2 in Pool D.

Lyon, who defeated La Rochelle and Poitiers in the Qualifying Draw, lost to Lausanne earlier in the day, 18-21.

Though facing a tired opponent, Pavlovic and Pasig needed to dig deep to survive this one.

It was a foul-plagued contest for Pasig, who committed a total of 12 fouls in the contest.

With 5:21 left, Taylor Statham committed the team’s seventh foul while with 2:48 remaining, Statham was slapped with Pasig’s 10th foul.

Fortunately for Pasig, Lyon shot just 6-of-14 from the stripe.

Still, Pasig persevered, rallying back from a lead that went to as high as five points.

Back-to-back deuces by Pavlovic gave Pasig a two-point lead with 1:25 left. Statham, later on, was able to get back a Wilson bucket to still have the cushion with 18 seconds left.

Sammy Girma though knocked down a miraculous two-ball at the buzzer to send the game into sudden death.

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Statham had seven points while Joshua Munzon and Dylan Ababou chipped in three markers each.

Girma paced Lyon with nine markers.

Pasig looks to sweep Pool D when it takes on world no. 23 Lausanne at 2:50 am.

The Scores:

Pasig 23 – Pavlovic 10, Statham 7, Ababou 3, Munzon 3.

Lyon 20 – Girma 9, Houmounou 4, Wilson 4, Joseph 4.

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