Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas bounced back from a lopsided quarterfinals loss to China Kashgar with a huge 35-point victory over Shabab Al Ahli-Dubai, 92-57, on Friday in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup at Chenzhou Sports Center in China.
The win set up a rematch against Mono Vampire of Thailand on Saturday in the battle for fifth place. Chooks-to-Go defeated the same Thai club by 13 points in the group stages last Sunday. Mono Vampire is banned by two imports—American Mike Singletary and Fil-Am Jason Brickman.
Kiefer Ravena led Chooks-to-Go with 20 points, 12 of them in the first half, which ended with the Philippine club on top by 16 points, 42-26. Ravena also had six rebounds.
In his best game yet, Almond Vosotros added 14 markers, five boards, and three assists. LA Revilla also hit double-digits with 12 points along with four caroms, and two dimes.
Also stepping up was Jeric Teng who scored 11 points. Unfortunately, his brother Jeron sprained his ankle early in the game and had to be benched.
With the locals on fire, prospective naturalized Gilas center Isaiah Austin had the luxury of playing for just 25 minutes and tallying 10 points, eight boards, five assists and a block.
After a close first quarter, the Filipinos found their marks from rainbow country to turn a close 21-19 lead to an imposing 42-26 halftime advantage after an Austin slam.
The Filipinos continued pounding the overmatched UAE club until the final buzzer sounded.
Qais Omar Al Shabebi led Shabab Al Ahli – Dubai, which only had seven players suiting up, with 28 points and 13 rebounds. The UAE club will now meet Taipei Dacin Tigers in the seventh place battle, also on Saturday.
CHOOKS-TO-GO PILIPINAS 92 – Ravena 20, Vosotros 14, Revilla 12, Jeri. Teng 11, Austin 10, Tamsi 8, Cruz 7, Jose 6, Manuel 2, Torres 2, Jero. Teng 0.
SHABAB AL AHLI – DUBAI 57 – Al Shabebi 28, Juma 9, Salem 8, Ashoor 6, Al Abdulla 4, Balabed 2, Alblooshi 0.
Quarterscores: 19-13, 42-26, 64-45, 92-57.