Chooks-to-Go finishes fifth in FIBA Asia Champions Cup; Al-Riyadi are champs

Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas overcome a sluggish start to overcome gritty Mono Vampire Thailand, 89-79, to clinch fifth place in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Chenzhou, China last September 30.

Isaiah Austin led Chooks attack in capturing fifth in FIBA Asia Champions Cup. (Photo courtesy of: slamonline,ph)

Isaiah Austin saved the best for last, finishing with 37 points, 15 rebounds, six assists and six blocks to lead all scorers.

Kiefer Ravena added 18 points, while guard Jett Manuel had 13 markers for Chooks.

The Thais were leading, 45-42, at the half but a 24-12 burst in the third canto reversed the fortunes for both ball clubs.

Michael Singletary, a former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) import, paced the Thais with 30 points and 12 boards.

Teerawat Chanthachon added 14 points while Fil-Am Jason Brickman finished with 14 points, five rebounds, and six assists in a losing effort.

In other news, Al Riyadi of Lebanon ruled the tournament with an 88-59 conquest of China Kashgar.

Al Riyadi are kings of FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2017. (Photo courtesy of:

It is Lebanon’s fifth title and Al-Riyadi’s second.

Chris Daniels led the Lebanese attack with 21 points while Li Gen scored 14 to pace the Chinese squad.



The scores:

Chooks-to-Go (89) – Austin 37, Ravena 18, Manuel 13, Jose 8, Cruz 7, Teng 4, Revilla 2, Torres 0, Tamsi 0.

Mono Vampire (79) – Singletary 30, Chanthachon 14, Brickman 14, Klahan 9, Apiromvilaichai 5, Sekteera 3, Phuangla 2, Samerjai 2, Sunthonsiri 0, Boonserm 0, Kruatiwa 0.

Quarterscores: 22-28, 42-45, 66-57, 89-79.



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Aris Ignacio is from the Philippines and has always been a big fan of Philippine basketball. Aris’ follows the Philippine Basketball Association since the late 80’s and has learned the history and personalities of the PBA. He also has interest with other basketball tournaments in the Philippines and beyond most specifically college basketball (UAAP, NCAA), the Asian Basketball League (ABL), FIBA Asia and World Cup tournaments. Global Basketball is Aris’ second writing assignment besides Follow Aris Ignacio on Twitter at aris_ignacio.

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