Cebu falls to UB in Chooks FIBA 3x3 World Tour Manila

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The Cebu Chooks put up a gallant stand against the best in the world but fell short as they were nipped by Ub, 71-21, in the 2022 Chooks-to-Go FIBA 3x3 World Tour Manila Masters on Saturday at Ayala Malls Manila Bay.

Cebuano star Mac Tallo put Cebu Chooks on his back as he tallied 11 markers, dazzling the partisan crowd with an array of dribble moves including an incredible crossover move that dropped his defender to the floor before canning a floater.

The Philippines' top-ranked 3x3 player went on to lift his side to a 14-12 advantage following a deuce from the right wing with 3:59 remaining. Unfortunately, Tallo and Co. couldn't sustain the momentum. The world's no. 1 team went on to flex its experience, with Dejan Majstorovic leading the way.

The bemedaled halfcourt veteran responded with a two-pointer of his own, then scored a bucket inside to give Ub the 15-14 edge, 3:20 to play. Marko Brankovic stretched their lead to three as he calmly sank two free throws, making Cebu pay for garnering its seventh foul.

Tallo and Mike Harry Nzeusseu tried to keep Cebu in it, but there was no stopping Ub anymore. With momentum on their side, Majstorovic put his crew at gamepoint with a two-pointer before delivering the deciding blow with a lay-up with 1:08 left.

A member of the disbanded Novi Sad crew, Majstorovic powered Ub with 12 points in the win that gave them the early lead in Pool A (1-0).

Meanwhile, world no. 2 Antwerp showed its pedigree in beating qualifying draw winner Melbourne, 19-15, to open Pool B action.

Rafael Bogaerts and Thibaut Vervoort took turns in scoring over Melbourne, scoring seven and six points, respectively.

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