Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas falls short against Sareyyet Ramallah of Palestine

ByJose Niko Quirapas

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Sareyyet Ramallah of Palestine man-handled the much younger Chooks-to-go Pilipinas, 89-82 on the second day of the 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup Group A match in Chenzhou, China.

The Philippine squad struggled from the three-point area, allowing the Palestinians to take control of the game from the opening tip.

Kiefer Ravena continued to showcase his scoring wizardry as he led all scorers with 24 points and went 8-of-15 from the field, while import Isaiah Austin tallied 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

The biggest revelation, however, is former Green Archer Jeron Teng who redeemed himself from a bad night against Kazakhstan. Teng scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.

American reinforcements Anthony Weeden and Todd O’Brien led Palestine’s offensive surge as they contributed 24 and 20 points respectively.

With the victory, Palestinian squad now improved its record to 1-1 after being previously beaten by Thailand in a tightly-contested match, 102-100.

Team Philippines returns to action tomorrow at 2:30pm against Mono Vampires Basketball Club of Thailand led by their American import Michael Singletary and Filipino-American guard Jason Brickman who both registered double-double performances on the team’s first outing. Singletary had 38 points and 12 rebounds, while Brickman scored 19 and dished out 11 assists.

The 6-foot Brickman is no stranger to the Asian basketball scene as he had previous stints with Mighty Sports Pilipinas for various international competitions and with the Westport Malaysia Dragons in the ABL where he won a championship with the team.

The scores:

Sareyyet Ramallah 89 – Weeden 22, AbuShamala 21, O’Brien 20, Habash 14, Sakakini 10, ElDiraoui 2, Sahwani 0, K. Habash 0, I. Habash 0.

Chooks-to-Go 82 – Ravena 24, Teng 18, Austin 13, Cruz 8, Jose 8, Revilla 6, Manuel 3, Tamsi 2, Torres 0, Teng 0.

Quarterscores: 21-13, 41-33, 64-54, 89-82.