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Manila Chooks TM Bows to Lusail as Doha WT hopes end

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Manila Chooks TM were outmuscled by a much-taller Lusail squad, falling 14-19, to bow out of the 2020 FIBA 3X3 Doha World Tour Masters on Friday (Saturday in the Philippines) at the Al Gharafa Sports Complex in Doha, Qatar.

The Qatari squad utilized 6-foot-10 center Souley Ndour of Senegal to build an early 5-2 lead but Leonard Santillan provided the spark for Manila, scoring on a jam before swatting away Ndour’s attempt.

Alvin Pasaol joined in the party with a bucket of his own and a block on Ndour as well. However, the Davao-native hurt his right shin as he landed.

Behind the dominance in the paint of Ndour and the veteran wits of 36-year-old Greek Kostas Vasileiadis, the home team Lusail raced to a 10-16 lead.

Though Joshua Munzon tried to make things happen, time was not on their side as Manila suffered an upset in any account.

Munzon led Manila with eight points and five boards while Santillan and Pasaol had three and two markers, respectively.

Troy Rike, who played hurt after a collision with Ndour midway through the game, had a point and two rebounds.

Ndour had 10 points and seven rebounds while Vasileiadis added seven for Lusail.