Chooks-to-Go rallies to notch opening win

Kiefer Ravena and naturalized player prospect Isaiah Austin led the fight back of Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas to edge BC Astana, 73-65, in their opening games in the current FIBA Asia Champions Cup at the Chenzhou Sports Center in China last September 22 (Manila time).

Kiefer Ravena led all scorers in Chooks-to-Go win over BC Astana. (Photo courtesy of:

Ravena paced the nationals with 22 points, 11 of which were scored in the pivotal third quarter, three rebounds, two assists, and a pair of steals.

Austin provided an all-around debut to the squad finishing with 17 points, 18 rebounds and six block shots.

Kazakhstan started strong and led 43-35 at the half, highlighted with eight triples but lost touch in the final half.

Dmitriy Gavrilov paced the team with 11 points and 11 rebounds.



The scores:

Chooks-to-Go (73) – Ravena 22, Austin 17, Manuel 10, Jeric Teng 7, Jose 6, Revilla 5, Cruz 2, Torres 2, Jeron Teng 1, Tamsi 1, Vosotros 0.

BC Astana (65) – Gavrilov 11, Clemmons 10, Carter 10, Murzagaliyev 8, Zhigulin 8, Degtyarev, Yergali 6, Marchuk 2, Kolesnikov 2, Chsherbak 0.

Quarterscores: 21-19, 35-43, 57-55, 73-65.



Game highlights:



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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