Cruz drops 28 as Chooks-to-Go bounces back with brilliant offensive showing against Mono Vampire

Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 115 – Mono Vampire 102

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After a miserable outing last night, Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas bounced back by dishing out their best offensive performance yet in the 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup in China, dropping 115 points on close to 60 percent shooting to beat Thailand’s Mono Vampire Basketball Club.

Coach Chot Reyes tweaked his starting line-up, going with more shot creators in LA Revilla, Kiefer Ravena, and Jeron Teng (his brother Jeric actually started although it obviously might have been an error on the part of the table officials). Carl Cruz also got the nod over Raymar Jose for this particular game.

Chooks wasted no time with such starting unit, making it rain from the three-point area to establish a double-digit lead early while Isaiah Austin took care of bothering shots at the rim from the Thai club.

The Philippines side was in control until Mono switched to a zone defense to bother them, defending the three-point line. It coincided with import Mike Singletary waxing hot in the second period, helping Mono bounce back.

Chooks only had a 57-51 advantage by the intermission but the squad was able to sustain the good shooting to close out the game.

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Ravena, Teng, and Revilla all attacked, playmaked, distributed, and created shots for Chooks in the second half. The trio gave the Mono defense different looks. Austin showed other facets of his game like attacking off the dribble or driving.

Cruz was simply extraordinary in the game, finishing with a team-high 28 points on a highly efficient 8-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc. Chooks as a team shot 59.4 percent overall and 14-of-28 from long distance. They also had 22 assists, their highest in the tournament so far.

Austin had 27 points, 19 rebounds, and four blocks. Ravena chipped in 24 points on 60 percent shooting and seven assists. Jeron Teng contributed 17 points. Revilla came just short of a double-double with nine markers and nine dimes.

Singletary led Mono with 32 points although he needed 28 shots. Fil-Am guard Jason Brickman, though started flat, still wounded up with 17 points, seven boards, nine assists, and four steals.

Chooks’ key guys once again delivered, but when they give to the team even more than what was expected while others start to contribute as well, that could only mean progress.

The team will close out the group phase against Iranian club Petrochimi on Tuesday.

Photos from FIBA.com

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