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    Zamboanga ends N Ecija dream run, rules back-to-back 3x3 legs

    Oct 23, 2020
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    FAMILY'S Brand Sardines Zamboanga City ended Nueva Ecija Rice Vanguards' dream run with a 21-11 victory in the Leg 2 Finals of the 2020 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 President's Cup presented by TM on Friday.

    The highly fancied team buried seven long bombs to remain as the sole squad to capture a championship in the league bubble mounted at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna.

    Pasaol buried three of those two pointers, including the championship-clinching deuce over Tonino Gonzaga with 2:13 to spare to cap off his eight-point performance in the Finals.

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    It came after a short scuffle between the two squads which started when Santi Santillan and Gab Banal fell to the floor during a rebounding battle and tested the newly instituted video review system.

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    The fracas saw Banal get whistled for a personal foul, while Pasaol and Gonzaga each being meted with unsportsmanlike fouls.

    Heated as the duel was, it's all in a hard day's work.

    "Hindi ito larong bata. Para sa mga hindi nakakaintindi ng 3x3, wag niyo kaming panoorin," Pasaol said with a smirk as his side took home the P100,000 cash prize for winning the leg.

    Santillan also caught fire and knocked down a pair of two-pointers for seven points while Joshua Munzon got four.

    Troy Rike scored a pair of buckets as Zamboanga bolstered its claim as the team-to-beat in the tournament.

    "Ganoon talaga ang maeexpect niyo kasi Finals na ito eh. Ayaw namin magpatalo sa isa't isa," said Santillan.

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    However, there's no shame to the fight Nueva Ecija brought as they made it to the finals without injured star guard Juan Gomez de Liano.

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      Banal carried the fight for the Rice Vanguards with seven points as an exhausted crew saw their Cinderella run end in a runner-up finish.

      The team still took home the P100,000 incentive for advancing in the finals against Zamboanga City.

      The scores:

      ZAMBOANGA CITY 21 - Pasaol 8, Santillan 7, Munzon 4, Rike 2.

      NUEVA ECIJA 11 - Banal 7, Reyes 3, Gonzaga 1, Sabellina 0.

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