THE Manila Chooks TM stalled in the final against Edmonton and lost at 16:21 to say goodbye on Sunday at the Place des Festivals in Canada at the Fiba 3×3 Montreal Masters 2021. The defeat gave the Manila-based team an early exit from the competition as they finished 10th and ended in two missions without a win. They started the tournament with a humiliating 9-21 loss to Antwerp in 8th place earlier in the day. They were more competitive in the Edmonton game, however, as the Cebuano security guard hit Mac Tallo with booming twos and fearless drives to keep up with their much bigger opponents.

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However, fouls prevented Manila Chooks TM from getting past their opponents in crunchtime. After a bucket from Ross Bekkering shattered the deadlock, Zach Huang committed the seventh Manila Chooks TM foul that put Steve Sir into a duel. The former World Cup shootout champion, who played in his last Masters tournament, knocked the two freebies down with ease before Alex Johnson converted the game winner 2:53 minutes ahead. Tallo, a former two-time MVP for the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) had a score of 11 points. Manila ChooksTM head coach Aldin Ayo expressed disappointment with the losses and blamed himself and the rest of the coaching staff. “We have no excuses,” said Aldin Ayo, head coach of Manila Chooks TM. “Hindi lumabas yung mga pinractice namin.” We as coaches are responsible, lalo na ako, as a result of the campaign. Hindi ko napalabas yung mga pinrepare natin ” , he continued. Dennis Santos and Mark Yee each added two markers, while Huang earned one point. Guard Adika Peter-McNeilly had seven points ahead of Edmonton, who will advance to the next round with Antwerp. The 6-inch Dutchman had six points, while Sir and Johnson scored five and three points, respectively, in Manila ChooksTM’s first game Tallo had five points. Yee and Huang finished with three markers each when Dennis Santos went goalless Player Nick Celis, who stands at 6ft5, had nine points for Antwerp and went 7 out of 8. Thierry Marien added eight markers when he got 6 out of 6 out of the Antwerp is made up of the Belgian national team, who finished fourth at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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