Behind Austin’s big game, Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas finishes fifth in FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 89 – Mono Vampire Basketball Club 79

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Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas concluded their 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup campaign notching fifth place after overcoming a test from Thailand’s Mono Vampire Basketball Club.

It was a relatively tougher time for the Philippine side in a rematch of Group A squads, but Isaiah Austin delivered a monster game to save Chooks.

Austin had 37 points on 15-of-22 shooting, 15 rebounds, six assists, and six blocks, while playing virtually the entire game. Kiefer Ravena had 18 points, while Jett Manuel added 13 markers.

Unlike in their first encounter, Mono Vampire import Mike Singletary got going in the first period, knocking down baskets to give the Thai side an early advantage. Conversions by Teerawat Chanthachon later on made it 26-16 for Mono Vampire.

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Chooks struggled from the three-point land although persevered their way to getting scoring opportunities inside the arc. Ravena and Raymar Jose joined hands in a 24-12 third quarter which brought Chooks ahead.

Still, Mono Vampire kept themselves in striking distance although Austin would carry the load for Chooks in the payoff period. Manuel hit a big three after Singletary cut the deficit to make it 77-72. Chooks was able to hold on after that.

Singletary had 30 points, while Chanthachon and Jason Brickman added 14 markers apiece.

Chooks-to-Go shot above 60 percent from two-point range to make up for an 18-percent clip from three-point distance.

The fifth place finish ties the mark by the Gilas Pilipinas 1.0 squad back in 2009.

Photos from FIBA.com

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