TRAVIS Franklin powered Balanga Chooks to a huge 19-17 upset victory over world No. 3 Riga Ghetto on Thursday in the Doha Masters of the 2019 Fiba 3x3 World Tour at Katara Amphitheatre in Qatar.
The American reinforcement lived up to the hype, scoring 14 points including the go-ahead bucket with 18 seconds left that made it an 18-17 affair.
Karl Dehesa padded the lead with a split from the line as the Latvians went on desperation mode and heaved two-pointers in the endgame to no avail.
Alvin Pasaol added four points, including the long bomb that made it a 17-16 game before Karlis Lasmanis quickly knotted the score at 17 in the final minute.
Balanga Chooks survived the fierce fightback of Riga Ghetto after squandering a 12-5 lead midway through the game.
The Asia Pacific Super Quest runner-up now shift its attention to world No. 15 Moscow Inanomo in Pool C action at 11:35 p.m.
Lasmanis topscored for Riga Ghetto with eight points in the defeat.
BALANGA CHOOKS 19 - Franklin 14, Pasaol 4, Dehesa 1, Santillan 0.
RIGA GHETTO 17 - Lasmanis 8, Cavars 4, Miezis 4, Strelnieks 1.