Cebu Chooks tops Manila Chooks to win 2022 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 Quest 2.0

The Cebu Chooks! came away with a 20-18 win over the Manila Chooks! to win the 2022 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 Quest 2.0 title on Sunday at the Ayala Malls Solenad on Sunday night.

Aside from the P100,000 cash, Cebu Chooks also notched a ticket to the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Hong Kong Masters on November 26-27 where they will compete in a loaded field that features Serbia's Ub and Liman, Belgium's Antwerp, Latvia's Riga, the Netherlands' Amsterdam, Austria's Vienna, Lithuania's Šakiai Gulbelė, Mongolia's Ulaanbaatar MMC Energy, China's Beijing, Chinese-Taipei's Kaohsiung, Indonesia's Yogyakarta Gojek, and four Hong Kong teams in the tournament that is the last stop before the Abu Dhabi Final.

Cebu has a tall task in front of them as it needs to win the tournament to advance to Abu Dhabi.

Tallo led Cebu with nine points, including back-to-back deuces that pulled his side within two points of clinching the match, 19-12, with 2:10 to play.

The crew aimed for the kill afterward but struggled to do so, with Dennis Santos and Dave Ando leading the rally for Manila.

Mike Nzeusseu put Cebu on the hill with a slam dunk, 20-16, with 1:15 left, but the opposition kept on fighting. Import Henry Iloka scored back-to-back hits to cut the deficit to just two points nearing the last eight seconds.

Time and especially the breaks, however, were not in favor of Manila, and Cebu went on to celebrate winning its second title since ruling the Chooks-to-Go FIBA 3x3 Asia Pacific Super Quest last April 30 in the same venue.

Nzeusseu finished with seven points, while Brandon Ramirez and newcomer Marcus Hammonds combined for four markers in the triumph.

Cebu, who escaped Botolan Hayati in the quarters before mauling Talisay EGS to reach the final, will now turn its attention to next week's World Tour Masters leg -- the last leg before the World Tour Final in Abu Dhabi.

Manila was led by the 16 points of Iloka in the defeat that wasted their perfect run to the title bout, which saw the unit sweep all of its three games in Pool B before downing GenSan and Butuan Chooks! in the knockout stages.