A mental lapse cost home team 1Bataan Risers a lot in the 2019 Chooks-to-Go 3X3 Asia Pacific Super Quest.
The Risers were victims to a late-game meltdown by Santi Santillan, wasting their valiant stand against world no. 19 Tokyo Dime, 22-20, in the finale, Sunday afternoon at the SM Megamall Fashion Hall in Pasig.
Just how painful was this loss? The champions of this level eight FIBA 3X3-endorsed tourney went home with US$ 20,000, a ticket to the 2019 FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters Doha, and a seat to the Challengers in Penang on May 12 to 13. The runners-up ended up with US$ 15,000 and a seat to Doha.
With 1:21 left, Alvin Pasaol was able to score inside to move 1Bataan to just a point away from clinching the match.
A quick basket by Serbian Peter Perunovic cut the lead to just a solitary point. However, Santillan got stuck underneath and was called for delaying the game.
Keita Suzuki knocked down a free throw to knot things up. Santillan tried to make it up with a corner deuce but his shot badly missed.
On the other end, Suzuki knocked down a corner deuce to seal the championship for the Japan-based club team.
Japan’s top player Tomoyo Ochiai and Petrunovic scored six points, apiece.
Pasaol led 1Bataan with seven markers.
Tokyo Dime 22 –– Ochiai 6, Perunovic 6, Komatsu 5, Suzuki 5,
1Bataan 20 — Pasaol 7, Franklin 5, Santillan 5, Dehesa 3.
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