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    PH Team vents ire on UAE club to seal battle for fifth vs Thai squad in Champions Cup

    Sep 29, 2017
    Kiefer Ravena scored 12 of his team-high 20 points in the first half. Photo from Fiba

    THE Philippine team got going in the second quarter before breezing through Shabab Al Ahli-Dubai, 92-57, in the Fiba Asia Champions Cup qualification round on Friday at the Chenzhou Sports Center in China.

    The win allowed Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas to set up a clash for fifth place against Mono Vampire on Saturday.

    Kiefer Ravena set the tone early, scoring 12 of his 20 points in the first half as the Philippine squad took a 42-26 lead heading into the break.

    Chooks refused to ease on the gas pedal from there, even making the scores out of reach after Alfrancis Tamsi's three-pointer made it a 35-point game with almost six minutes remaining, 82-47.

    Almond Vosotros tallied 14 points, LA Revilla scored 12, while Jeric Teng had 11 markers.

    The locals stepped up big time as Isaiah Austin hardly needed to impose his will downlow in 25 minutes of play.

    The 7-foot-1 naturalized player prospect finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and a block for the Philippine side, which lost Jeron Teng in the first period due to a right ankle sprain.

    In the face of the Philippine onslaught, only Qais Omar Alshabebi stood out as he is the lone UAE player to finish in double figures.

    Alshabebi registered 28 points to go with 13 rebounds and two steals.

    The Scores:

    CHOOKS-TO-GO PILIPINAS 92 - Ravena 20, Vosotros 14, Revilla 12, Jeri. Teng 11, Austin 10, Tamsi 8, Cruz 7, Jose 6, Manuel 2, Torres 2, Jero. Teng 0.

    SHABAB AL AHLI - DUBAI 57 - Al Shabebi 28, Juma 9, Salem 8, Ashoor 6, Al Abdulla 4, Balabed 2, Alblooshi 0.

    Quarterscores: 19-13, 42-26, 64-45, 92-57.

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    Kiefer Ravena scored 12 of his team-high 20 points in the first half. Photo from Fiba
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