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    Nikola Pavlovic shows way as Pasig reaches France 3x3 quarterfinals

    Jul 6, 2019

    NIKOLA Pavlovic came through in the clutch, scoring all three points in overtime including the tough game-winning deuce to lift Pasig Chooks to a thrilling 23-20 win over Lyon Blackpool in the 2019 Fiba 3x3 World Tour Poitiers Challenger on Saturday at Plaza de Leclerc in France.

    The Serbian reinforcement fired 10 points, ending the President's Cup champions' dry spell in the Challengers and propelling then to the quarterfinals.

    Sammy Girma burying a two-pointer at the buzzer that knotted the score at 20 for the French and sent the game to overtime.

    Pasig Chooks buckled down to business in the extra time, first with a Pavlovic layup before Joshua Munzon's steal led to Pavlovic's runner from beyond the arc.

    Taylor Statham fired seven points in a foul-ridden performance, as Munzon and Dylan Ababou got three points apiece.

    It also helped the Filipino side that Lyon shot 6-of-14 from the line, keeping the window open despite committing 12 fouls in the game.

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    However, Pasig Chooks wasn't as fortunate against world No. 23 Lausanne of Switzerland, bowing, 17-22.

    The 1-2 combo of Natan Jurkovitz and Gilles Martin gave headaches to the Philippine side as the Swiss jumped to a 16-6 lead.

    Trailing 19-9, Statham and Munzon tried to bring Pasig Chooks back in the game, combining on a 7-0 stretch that got the team to within three, but Jurkovitz rose for a reverse jam before ending the match with a deuce with 2:10 to spare.

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    Munzon and Statham both had seven points against Lausanne.

    Still, Pasig Chooks will advance to the quarterfinals, where it will take on world No. 16 Kranj of Slovenia at 11:40 p.m.

    The scores:

    First Game

    Pasig 23 - Pavlovic 10, Statham 7, Ababou 3, Munzon 3.

    Lyon 20 - Girma 9, Houmounou 4, Wilson 4, Joseph 4.

    Second Game

    Lausanne 22 - Jurkovitz 8, Martin 7, Lehmann 4, Molteni 3.

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    Pasig 17 - Munzon 7, Statham 7, Pavlovic 2, Ababou 1.

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