Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas did just enough to hold off BC Astana, 73-65, to open its 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup campaign Friday at Chenzhou Sports Center in Chenzhou, China.
Kiefer Ravena uncorked nine of his 22 points in the third quarter, where the Philippine side staged a huge fightback after being down by as big as 11, 40-29.
The 23-year-old also had three rebounds, two assists, and two steals, including the game-sealing freebies with 20 seconds left in the clock as Gilas got off to a good start in the continental club competition.
Isaiah Austin also impressed in his first game in national team colors, firing 17 markers, 18 rebounds, and six blocks to hold the paint for Chooks-to-Go.
Jett Manuel also added 10 points, while Jeric Teng got seven in the victory.