Hot-shooting China Kashgar dominates Chooks-to-Go in QFs

Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 70 – Petrochimi 86

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Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas fell in their 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup quarter-finals encounter against home side China Kashgar as they bowed out of the tournament.

Chooks were blitzed from the start, as the Chinese club, formerly known as Xinjiang Flying Tigers, scored the first eight points of the game.

China Kashgar took advantage of their tremendous advantage in height and length, bothering the Philippines side and preventing them from executing well on offense.

A flurry of triples stretched China’s lead to as high as 22-9 in the first quarter before Chooks rallied back and cut it to just 24-17 at the end of the opening quarter.

Chooks stayed competitive until late in the second period, with an and-one play by Raymar Jose and a fast break lay-up by Kiefer Ravena tying things at 39 apiece.

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However, China Kashgar’s shooting was just too much as they had nine more three-point conversions than Chooks, which in contrast struggled from the outside.

China Kashgar shot 14-of-35 from long range, which was pretty much the story of the second half. In spite of repeated attempts by Chooks to pull closer, China always had the answer.

Import Darius Adams paced China Kashgar with 23 points, nine rebounds, and four assists while shooting 5-of-11 from deep. Mugadaer Xirelijiang also had a splendid outing from beyond the arc, making half of his 12 tries for 20 points.

The home club’s other reinforcement, naturalized Filipino Andray Blatche, did not play in the game.

Isaiah Austin had a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds while Ravena also chipped in 16 markers for Chooks.

The Philippines will play UAE club Al Ahli in the 5th-8th classification phase.

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