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    Pasig Grindhouse survives early Ababou exit to beat Pasay Voyagers for second 3x3 title

    Mar 9, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    PASIG Grindhouse is once again the king as it escaped a game challenge from Pasay Voyagers, 14-12, to top the fourth leg of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 President's Cup on Saturday at SM Megamall Events Center in Mandaluyong.

    The Kings claimed their second title in four tournaments despite missing the services of Dylan Ababou, who hurt his right calf in the group stages.

    Taylor Statham powered for Pasig Grindhouse in the championship game, firing seven points, including the final two points in the last minute that gave his side the cushion it needed to fend off Pasay late.

    "I feel like it started early this week, we just had to refocus it's important for us to regain focus, be cohesive as a team again, and the chips fell into their place," said the Fil-Am forward.

    Jaypee Belencion still had a couple of chances to force overtime, but his two-point bombs missed their mark for the Voyagers in the final 22 seconds.

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    Troy Rike had four points, while Joshua Munzon got three in the win.

    Pasig Grindhouse Kings have now secured the top seed in the final tour on March 31, with the winner of the last stop advancing to the Doha leg of the 2019 Fiba 3x3 World Tour in April.

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    Roosevelt Adams starred for Pasay in the runner-up finish with seven points, as Arvin Tolentino and Ron Lastimosa both scored two.

    It was a wild fourth leg as 1Bataan Risers, winners of two trophies, failed to progress to the semifinals after reaching the championship game in the first three legs.

    San Juan Knights-Go for Gold reached the semifinals for the first time behind Larry Muyang and John Wilson, while Chris de Chavez also made waves towing Carga Valenzuela Classic to the Final Four, while also winning the Three-Point Shootout.

    Dondon Hontiveros also made his 3x3 debut as he teamed up with his younger peers in Cebu-Max4 Birada.

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    David Carlos was given a perfect 100 in the Dunk Contest with his pair of rim-rattlers in the day's side events.

    The scores:

    Pasig 14 - Statham 7, Rike 4, Munzon 3.

    Pasay 12 - Adams 7, Tolentino 2, Lastimosa 2, Belencion 1.

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