MANILA, Philippines – Not leaving anything to chance, Taylor Statham and the Pasig Grindhouse Kings survived a very physical and highly emotional contest against the San Juan Knights-Go for Gold, 19-18, in the semifinals of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 President’s Cup at SM Fairview on Sunday, March 31.
It was an all-important victory for Pasig as the win booked their ticket to the 2019 FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters in Doha from April 18 to 19.
“I came here for one reason and one reason only, and that is to play 3×3 and represent the Philippines. I want to be part of the team that goes to the World Tour. I want to make my grandma proud, my family from Iloilo proud,” shared an emotional Statham.
“There’s a lot riding on it for me and it’s bigger than basketball.”
With the game knotted at 12-all, Mac Cardona fouled Troy Rike. It was San Juan’s seventh foul that led to two free throws.
Cardona was able to get one back but Statham converted on an and-2 to extend Pasig’s cushion to 4, 17-13, with 1:44 left.
Though Cardona and John Wilson tried to will the Knights back, Statham was able to power his way to the paint with 35 seconds left that proved to be the dagger.
Pasig advanced to the semis after taking a dominant 21-9 win over the Zamboanga Valientes.
Though the Finals that has P1 million at stake is still going to be played, Pasig could no longer go to as low as 440 points – 15 points higher than the maximum points second-placed Bataan Risers can notch.
Besides this, Pasig and Bataan will be the Philippine representatives in the 2019 Chooks-to-Go 3×3 Asia Pacific Super Quest. The regional 3×3 tourney will be held from April 6 to 7 at the SM Megamall Fashion Hall.
The Super Quest will have an additional two tickets to the 2019 FIBA 3×3 World Tour Doha at stake. – Rappler.com
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