ISABELA City Chooks was dealt a 21-13 defeat by world No. 8 Gagarin of Russia on Saturday in the 2019 Fiba 3x3 World Tour Hongxiang Holdings Haining Challenger in Zhejiang, China.
Dmitrii Cheburkin got the friendly bounce on his baseline short stab to finish off the match with 3.2 seconds to spare.
But it was the trend for the whole game, with the Russians getting their shots up from distance and grabbing an early 10-4 lead.
Roosevelt Adams and Marcus Hammonds brought Isabela City Chooks within one, 10-9, but Gagarin would fire a 7-2 assault to restore order at 17-11.
Adams paced the undermanned Isabela City Chooks with seven points built on a pair of two-pointers, while Gab Banal scored four.
Hammonds scored two for the Balanga, which fights for life at 5:05 p.m. against world No. 21 Moscow Inanomo of Russia to have a shot at advancing in Pool C.
Stanislav Sharov led Gagarin with nine points, as Daniil Abramovskii scored six.
Gagarin 21 - Sharov 9, Abramovskii 6, Korshakov 4, Cheburkin 2.
Isabela City 13 - Adams 7, Banal 4, Hammonds 2.