Petrochimi too much too handle as Chooks-to-Go sets up quarterfinal date against Blatche-led China in FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Chooks-To-Go Pilipinas stumbled to Iran’s Petrochimi, 66–87, in Chenzou, China, yesterday.

CTG was on their way to breaking out a three-way tie with Kazahkstan’s BC Astana and Iran’s Petrochimi, but the victory by the latter allowed them to take the third seed in the Group A of the 2017 FIBA Asia Championship Cup.

Regardless of the loss, Chooks-to-Go will still move on to the knockout Quarterfinal stage on Thursday against the hosts and Group B second-seed China Kashgar, with its leader and Gilas Pilipinas’ anchor and naturalized player Andray Blatche.

Petrochimi got the momentum as they capitalized with the Philippines’ weak outing in the second quarter. The Philippines, however, sparked up mini-runs in the second half, but it was not enough to overwhelm and overcome Iran’s 27 points in that second frame.

Chooks-to-Go drew the first blood with Isaiah Austin shooting first in the game at 8:15 mark of the opening quarter. The Iranian team answered by primarily shooting beyond the arc but they only shot two-out-of-ten beyond the arc in the first quarter. Petrochimi then transferred their offense inside the paint, pulling away with an 8-point lead. Kiefer Ravena started a 5–0 run to cut the deficit into three.

The Philippine team met a lot of hitches in restricting the Iranian ballers as a 12–2 run allowed them to outspread their lead into 14 points at the end of the first half. Petrochimi import Willie Warren waxed hot in the second frame as he listed 20 big points in the first half alone.

Austin tried to steal away the momentum back to the Philippines as he flew back-to-back plays that was highlighted by a slam. But, Chooks-to-Go continued to struggle with their offense, and the Iranians conquered all the four sides of the court to secure their lead.

Chooks-to-Go rallied back to get within 10 points with an and-1 play of Ravena. But however, the Iranians threw a 14–0 run that closed the chances of winning for Philippine team, giving way to Petrochimi to win the game with 19-point lead.

Austin provided his typical performance, accumulating 20 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks. Ravena listed 20 points on his own and no other players scored double digits for the Philippines.

On the other hand, Iran’s Warren chipped in 30 points. Arsalan Kazemi taught the ousted Chooks team on the boards after collecting 18 rebounds along with 9 points.

Scores

Petrochimi (85) — Warren 30, Mashayekhi 15, Yakhchali 12, Kazemi 9, Davarpanah 8, Niktash 5, Zakeri 4, Sahakian 2, Mirzaeitalarposhti 2, Bahramzad 0, Begic 0.

Chooks-to-Go (66) — Austin 20, Ravena 20, Torres 9, Jeron Teng 5, Revilla 4, Manuel 3, Jeric Teng 3, Cruz 0, Jose 0, Tamsi 0.

Quarter scores: 14–16, 29–43, 45–61, 66–85

By Ralph Michael M. Tumaneng