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    Isabela outlasts Ventspils but misses boat in Mongolia 3x3 basketball

    Sep 13, 2019

    MARCUS Hammonds delivered the game-winning basket to lift Isabela City Chooks over Ventspils Ghetto of Latvia, 21-19, in the MMC Sukhbaatar Challenger Friday in Mongolia.

    The shifty American guard brought the team back from a 14-18 deficit, tying the score on back-to-back two-pointers.

    Armands Giters put Ventspils ahead with 40 seconds left, but Franky Johnson buried a tough layup over Roberts P?že.

    The Latvian side still had a chance to win the game in regulation after Gab Banal was whistled for a foul on Ginters, but he missed the potential winner with just 0.5 seconds remaining.

    Hammonds topscored with 10 points while Johnson added six for Isabela, which missed the knockout rounds because it had the worst quotient among the three Pool A teams that finished at 1-1 (win-loss).

    Ventspils Ghetto and Novi Sad were able to punch the ticket with their 40 total points, as Isabela City only had 35.

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    Ventspils earned the top spot thanks to its 21-18 win over Novi Sad.

    The early exit meant that Isabela City will be unable to join Balanga Chooks as the Philippines' representative in the 2019 Fiba 3x3 World Tour Jeddah Masters come October.

    Martins Steinbergs carried Ventspils with seven points while Ginters got six in the defeat.

    World No. 1 Novi Sad earlier dealt Isabela City a 22-14 loss with Dejan Majstorovic scoring eight points.

    The Serbian powerhouse were quick to assert their dominance over the Patriot's Cup champions, starting off hot 11-3, before Majstorovic sealing the affair with 2:35 still to play.

    The Scores:

    First Game:

    NOVI SAD 22 -- Majstorovic 8, Savi? 6, Zdero 4, Ivosev 4.

    ISABELA CITY 14 -- Johnson 6, Hammonds 4, Rountree 3, Banal 1.

    Second Game:

    ISABELA CITY 21 -- Hammonds 10, Johnson 6, Rountree 3, Banal 2.

    VENTSPILS 19 -- Steinbergs 7, Ginters 6, Se?k?ns 4, P?že 2.

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