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Philippines shuts down Thailand in second half, settles for fifth in Champions Cup

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Chooks-To-Go Pilipinas shut down the Mono Vampire Basketball Club of Thailand in the second half to come home with a victory, 89-78, in the last day of 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup at the Chenzhou Sports Complex in Chenzhou, China Saturday.

The win propelled the Philippines to a fifth place finish in its first attempt in the tournament, ending its campaign with an overall record of five wins against three losses.

Wanting a repeat on Thai club, Chooks-To-Go had Isaiah Austin leading the way with his all-around effort of 37 points on 15-for-22 shooting from the field, alongside 15 rebounds, six assists, and six blocks.

After a sluggish first half, the Pinoys woke up in the third quarter and outscored the Thais, 22-12, to turn a 42-45 deficit into a 66-57 edge that they maintained the rest of the way despite the late fightback by Mono Vampire.

Kiefer Ravena once again contributed in double digits for Chooks-To-Go with 18 markers, conspiring with Jett Manuel, who had 13 points, to put the game away.

Former PBA import Michael Singletary posted a double-double of 30 points and 12 boards to pace Thailand.

The scores:

PHILIPPINES 89 – Austin 37, Ravena 18, Manuel 13, Jose 8, Cruz 7, Teng 4, Revilla 2, Torres 0, Tamsi 0.

THAILAND 78 – Singletary 30, Chanthachon 14, Brickman 14, Klahan 9, Apiromvilaichai 5, Sekteera 3, Phuangla 2, Samerjai 2, Sunthonsiri 0, Boonserm 0, Kruatiwa 0.

Quarter scores: 22-28, 42-45, 66-57, 89-78.

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