Franky Johnson fired the game-winning shot as Phenom-Basilan downed Wilkins-Balanga in overtime, 21-20, in the championship round of the final leg of the 2019 Chooks to Go Pilipinas 3×3 Patriot’s Cup on Saturday at the SM Megamall Events Center in Mandaluyong.
Johnson broke the 20-20 deadlock by taking a handoff pass from Troy Rike then pulling off a fade-away two-pointer from the right corner to hand the Steel the P1 million prize.
The win also earned Basilan a ticket to the 2019 FIBA 3×3 World Tour Jeddah Masters on October 18-19 in Saudi Arabia.
“It feels great. From where we started a couple of months ago and all the hard work we put in, I feel like we deserve this. It’s a testament to all our hard work,” said the 6-foot-3 guard Johnson.
“I wasn’t even thinking of that shot. But as soon as my teammate got the rebound and passed the ball to me, I decided to pull it off. Thank God it went in,” he added.
Marcus Hammonds tallied 10 points, Roosevelt Adams six, Johnson four and Rike one.
The Steel won the third leg of the import-laden second conference. Basilan battered Tycoon Ballers-Quezon City, 21-4, in the quarterfinals then handily beat VetHealth 3BL-India, 21-14, in the semifinals.
Hammonds scored three straight points to give Basilan a 19-18 lead with 18 seconds left but Balanga’s Chris De Chavez hit a layup with six ticks remaining resulting in two extensions.
Karl Dehesa put the Blazers ahead 20-19 en route to Johnson scoring the game-winning shot over the outstretched arm of the former.
Alvin Pasaol and Travis Franklin had seven points apiece while De Chavez and Dehesa had three markers each for Balanga, which bagged the runner-up prize of P400,000 and a berth in the Xiongan Challenger next month in China.
The Blazers blasted Inoza Golf Supreme Boosters-Bulacan in the quarterfinals, 21-9, before outlasting archrival Gold’s Gym-Pasig, 21-17, in the final four. Third placer Pasig took home a P200,000 prize.
Kiran Shastri of India completed a five-leg sweep of the Two-point Shootout while David Carlos and Brodie Stevens wound up in a tie for the Slam Dunk title. The side events winners won P25,000 each.