San Fernando, Pampanga—Mark Yee and Homegrown Grains Bocaue utilized their outside shooting to chop down ARQ Builders-Cebu, taking a 21-16 (7:15), to open their Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 Invitational campaign, Wednesday at the Laus Group Events Centre here.
ARQ-Cebu relied on the hulking duo of Frederick Elombi and Landry Sanjo to gain the early lead. Ralph Tansingco and Dennis Santos were able to find their range, later on, to eventually knot the game at 16-all
That’s when Yee took charge, matching Sanjo’s physicality on the defensive end while knocking down big buckets. Yee closed the game by knocking down two free throws after baiting the 6-foot-7 Cameroonian while attempting a deuce.
Bocaue gained the early lead in Pool B of this tournament that is endorsed by FIBA 3x3 and regulated by the Games and Amusements Board.
In other games, Joseph Eriobu and Pacquiao Coffee Bacolod defeated Pasay Adam Esli Pasay, 22-14 (8:51), in Pool A. Jayjay Manlangit knocked down the game-winning deuce.
Brothers Ryan and Nikki Monteclaro powered the Pasig Kingpins to a 21-9 (6:34) rout to open Pool C action while Marvin Hayes scored the game-winning deuce with 17.9 seconds left in AMACOR Mandaluyong’s 21-20 win over the Henry Iloka-led RBR Cabiao Nueva Ecija.
There are still eight elimination round games remaining as of publishing. Also set to take place later in the day are the side-events and the knockout playoffs in this tournament that has P100,000 waiting for the champion.
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