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    Tokyo Dime rallies to beat Bataan Risers and bag AsPac 3x3 title

    Apr 7, 2019
    PHOTO: Edward Solo

    MASAHIRO Komatsu drilled the game-clinching long bomb to help Tokyo Dime.exe rule the Chooks-to-Go 3x3 Asia Pacific Super Quest with a thrilling 22-20 victory over hometown bet 1Bataan Risers on Sunday at SM Megamall Fashion Hall.

    The sweet-shooting Komatsu got open and drilled the dagger over a recovering Santi Santillan and with 33.0 seconds to spare.

    Top Japanese 3x3 player Tomoya Ochiai paced Tokyo Dime with six points, while Serbian import Petar Perunovic also scored six.

    Komatsu and Keita Suzuki both had five as the world No. 19 3x3 team fought back from an 18-13 deficit with 2:34 remaining.

    The Japanese took home US$20,000 (around P1 million) and earned a spot in the Doha Masters of the 2019 Fiba 3x3 World Tour from April 18 to 19, as well as a ticket to the Penang Challenger in China from May 12 to 13.

    It was a tough defeat for the Risers, which leaned on Alvin Pasaol's seven points.

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    But a sorry miscommunication led to a game-changing technical foul for delay of game as Travis Franklin tried to sue for time as Santillan failed to take hold of the ball, leading to Suzuki canning the freebie to tie the game at 20.

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    Franklin and Santillan got five points each, as Karl Dehesa had three.

    Bataan will pocket US$15,000 (around P780,000) and will also see action in Qatar for the Doha Masters.

    In the side events, dunk artist Chris Staples unveiled a 360 one-handed slam to take home the Dunk Contest title to edge David Carlos, while Jakarta West Bandits' Martavious Irving outsniped Aotearoa's Chris McIntosh in the Three-Point Shootout.

    The scores:

    Tokyo 22 - Ochiai 6, Perunovic 6, Komatsu 5, Suzuki 5,

    Bataan 20 - Pasaol 7, Franklin 5, Santillan 5, Dehesa 3.

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