What if? Cock Fight in the PBA: Chooks to Go vs Magnolia

Chooks to Go vs Magnolia: Who is the real Manok ng Bayan

Chooks to Go vs Magnolia Hotshots

Sabong in the PBA: This is what you could get if Chooks to Go finally decides to join the league. 

We are all very much aware of the intention of Chooks to Go to enter the PBA and while nothing has been finalized and formalize yet, Chooks has continued its support to Philippine basketball going as far as naming the Gilas Pilipinas team to Chooks to Go Pilipinas.
There is no question on the capability of Chooks to Go to put up a good team as they have been vocal about giving a high price to all deserving players, especially with the National Squad.
With the sudden change of Star Hotshots to Magnolia Hotshots, they also changed the product that they will be endorsing, one that may compete with Chooks to Go.
Is this a message to Chooks to stay away from the league?

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If and when this happens, it will surely be a riot. Maybe they can form a new rivalry inside and outside the court.
The Magnolia name has been used by SMB in the past:

Magnolia Ice Cream Makers (1985, 1987)
Magnolia Quench Plus (1985)
Magnolia Cheese Makers (1986)
Magnolia Beverage Masters (2007–2008)

VIDEO: Eliminated Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas Struggled Against China Kashgar, 7 Key Stats

China Does Not Need an Andre Blatche, But we do

The Philippine Team struggled all game long as they trail three of the four quarters of the game en route to being eliminated in the series with the score of 86 – 70.
It was difficult to watch two basketball games last night as Meralco Bolts vs Blackwater had their knockout QF game and Chooks To Go Pilipinas faced China but my experience may not be as hard as what are boys had against the Blatch-less China Kashgar who controlled the game.
The Philippine has an up and down performance in the tournament and unfortunately, these type tournament does not allow inconsistencies. Our young boys got extinguish in the tournament but hopefully, they have acquired the much-needed experience in an international game.
Key Stats and Figure of the Game
1 . GREAT SHOOTING FOR CHINA: 50% FG Percentage of China against a measly 37% of the Philippines. Against China, this poor shooting almost guarantees a loss.

2. CHINA SHARED THE BALL: 17 Assist against 9 of the Philippines, clearly, the Philippines had issue executing their play and playing as a cohesive unit. Lack of preparation and familiarity is the reason as the team was never supposed to be in the tournament in the first place.

3. DOMINATION OF CHINA: 38.27 Minutes and 21 points, These are the number of time that they are in the lead in a 40-minute game and the highest lead they got. Truly, the Philippine teams were disheartened in a way as they could not find any way to even get a single lead at any time in the game.
4. ANDRAY BLATCHE > ISAIAH AUSTIN: Socred 16 points on 5 out of 12 shooting. Not the kind of performance we need from an import in a knockout game. Andray Blatche would have done more. The defense also played a big factor as they have denied entry pass to the big man all game long.
5. KIEFER SHOW: No one else but Kiefer was playing well, Cruz, Torres, Teng Brother all had a bad game.
6. DEFENSE: The Philippines defense was just like a 7/Eleven convenience store. It’s open 24 hours and the gunner of China was just knocking almost every shot, including the dreaded three’s that killed the Philippines.
7. THREE POINTS: 14 Threes on 40% shooting for China while the Philippine was only able to get 5 from the rainbow land.
Ultimately China was just the better and the more prepared team than the Philippines and while our hopes were high, we were not expecting anything from our young cadets, after all, it is not the best National team.
Although we will not go home the winner of the tournament, the stint may have served some of its purposes as we try to identify future players and import. This should give the national team management some idea of the players and of course Isaiah Austin.

Isaiah Austin Exemplary Performance Carries Philippines to a Resounding Win Against Thailand

Austin Powers Chooks To Go to Get 2nd win in the 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup

The Philippine Team returned to the win column after a dominating performance against Thailand’s Mono Vampire to win with the score of 115-102.

Chenzhou Sports Center, Isaiah Austin shows his all-around game by scoring 27 points grabbing 19 rebounds and swatting 4 blocks. The efficiency rubbed onto the team as Chooks to Go Pilipinas was shooting at 59% FG on the way to a dominating victory against Mono Vampire.
Thai’s got their boost from former PBA import Michael Singletary who scored a total of 32 points and Jason Brickman who contributed 17 buckets.
The Philippines, however, was just too much as Kiefer Ravena continues to impress with his consistent play, this time scoring 24 points and dishing out 7 assists. Jeron Teng also found his mark with 17 points but Carl Bryan Cruz shines the brightest amongst the local scoring a game high of 28 points which consist of 8 three-point shots.
It was all Philippine tonight as they lead all game long on the way to their second wins in three games.
Chooks will get a one-day rest then will be back on the court again, this time they will face Petrochimmi of Iran at 9:45 pm.
The scores:
Chooks to Go: 115 – Cruz 28, Austin 27, Ravena 24, Jeron Teng 17, Revilla 9, Manuel 3, Tamsi 3, Jose 2, Vosotros 2, Jeric Teng 0, Torres 0.

Mono Vampire: 102 – Singletary 32, Brickman 17, Kruatiwa 17, Klahan 10, Apiromvilaichai 8, Sunthonsiri 7, Phuangla 6, Sekteera 3, Chanthachon 2, Boonyai 0.

Quarterscores: 31-22; 57-51; 81-77; 115-101.

Video Highlights: Ravena and Austin Took Charge, Delivers Chooks To Go Pilipinas First Win Against Kazakhstan

Ravena and Austin Combo Proved Lethal for the Kazakhs

Led by highly touted import Isaiah Austin and the phenom Kiefer Ravena, Chooks To Go tallies their first win against Kazakhstan in the 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Chenzhou Sports Center, Chenzhou CIty, China with the score of 73-65.
The newly formed National squad of the Philippines answered a lot of questions today as they put down their first assignment. Kiefer Ravena led all locals in minutes played at 28 mins and scoring 22 points on 53% shooting. The phenom was on target tonight.
On the other hand, BC Astana of Kazakhstan was having a bad day shooting with a team field goal of 33% compared with 40% of the Philippines.  BC Astana actually started the game well and was leading the first half with the score of 43-35, until the Philippine defense suddenly tightened and limited Astana to 22 points in the entire second half.
The 7’1 import Isiah Austin lived up to his billing scoring 17 and grabbing 18 rebounds with 6 blocks in 31 minutes of play. Jet Manuel also contributed for the Philippines with 10 points that included 2 three-pointers.  The Teng brothers were off tonight scoring combined points of 8 on 2 of 9 shooting.
The Philippines will take on Palestine Sareyyet Ramallah next (16:45).  Palestine suffered a close defeat against Thailand in the opening game.

Chooks To Go Pilipinas Final 12 Man Roster Full of Potential and Uncertainties

Chooks To Go Pilipinas is Ready for FIBA Champions Cup

Photo from PBA Media Bureau

Chooks to Go Pilipinas coaches and staff probably did not enjoy the stiff timeline that they had in forming a team that would compete for FIBA Asia Champions Cup this Friday in China.

Yesterday, they just announced the final roster and while it was declared as final, it’s not at all set in stone as two of the imports still got VISA issues that still need to be resolved before they leave for China. That alone is stressful and it makes the player and the team lose focus on what they should just be doing.
Nonetheless, the 12-man roster which was presented yesterday during the press con was full of potential yet it is not the best our country has to offer. Bannered by a few PBA players like LA Revilla, Norbert Torres, and  Carl Bryan Cruz the PBA is not represented well on the roster.
None PBA players like Jeron Teng and Kiefer Ravena could potentially lead the scoring parade among this group for the locals.  Chooks to Go have to settle with what they have and this is why they acquired two big imports in Rod Ebondo and Isaiah Austin but with the impending issues with their VISA is still unresolved they may have to settle in with Gab Banal and Andre Paras.
Locals: Jeron Teng, Jeric Teng, Kiefer Ravena, LA Revilla, Norbert Torres, Carl Bryan Cruz, Raymar Jose,  Almond Vosotros, Jett Manuel, and Alfrancis Tamsi.
Import: Rod Ebondo and Isaiah Austin
Backup: Gab Banal and Andre Paras

What is the Update on Isaiah Austin? Watch the Tune up Game

Isaiah Austin has been in the Philippines for a week now and continues to acclimate himself with the people and with his teammates. 
Isaiah Austin has been highly talked about after the news about his arrival to the Philippines has surfaced. The former Baylor College basketball player and a once NBA top 10 draft prospect is going to play for the Philippines in the upcoming  FIBA Asia Champions Cup. 
Austin at 23 had gone through a lot of adversity in life and considered the chance to play with Gilas Pilipinas a second life in basketball.
Now with the Philippine team, Austin has become a great inspiration and a model to strive and never surrender through hardships.
During tune-up games with local teams, Isaiah Austin displays athleticism but his scoring leadership is still unable to show. 
Watch below. 
Chooks to Go (95) – Ebondo 26, Austin 13, Manuel 13, Tamsi 9, Teng Jeric 7, Teng Jeron 5, Vosotros 5, Jose 5, Torres 4, Casiño 3, Iñigo 2, Banal 0, Paras 0.

Quarterscores: 30-20, 53-37, 74-62, 95-83.

The Next Naturalized Candidate Have Arrived: Isaiah Austin Thanks the People of the Philippines

The 7’1 Center from Baylor College has landed in the Philippines last night

Isaiah Austin Gilas Pilipinas

Isaiah Austin, the player who has been tapped by the national team has arrived in the Philippines.
The 23-year-old Isaiah Austin has found his next basketball journey that took him half way across the world from his hometown of Fresno, California.
Austin was one of the highly coveted college players coming into the 2014 NBA draft along side Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker to name a few. He was supposed to be the next great big man in the NBA but his NBA journey was cut before it even started as he was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome and was deemed unable to play competitive basketball.
2 years after, Austin was allowed basketball activities and accepted offers to play basketball in Serbia and in China. Today, he embarks on a new journey as he accepted a new challenge in his basketball story.
If everything goes well, he could end up being the naturalized player for the Philippine National Squad which is set to compete in the upcoming FIBA Asia Champions Cup that will be held in China on September 22 to 30.
Isaiah Austin, just like Marcus Douthit and Andray Blatche would be asked to devote to a long term commitment to develop familiarity and chemistry with the national team.
Coach Chot Reyes recently said that he is looking for a young and talented guy that can help the Philippines for a long period and they might just have found him.

Isaiah Austin post on Facebook.

Looking forward to this next step of my Journey, life is a roller coaster but definitely worth the ride! Thank you to the people of the Philippines for the warm welcome! Can’t wait to get to know more about this beautiful country 🇵🇭🇵🇭🇵🇭🇵🇭 Gilas Pilipinas Chooks-to-Go


New Gilas Pilipinas Import for FIBA Asia Championship Cup: Isaiah Austin, a player with a Literally Big Heart

Isaiah Austin is a player that could have been in the NBA but his disease got in the way

10 days to go before the unexpected tourney that the national team never had in mind. Gilas Pilipinas now Chooks to Go Pilipinas crams for players including import to play for the national squad in the upcoming FIBA Asia Championship Cup 2017.
The Philippines was awarded the wild card spot when Japan pulled out from the tournament due to conflict of schedule. Now with limited players available, the PBA is just entering its critical stage of the season, the UAAP and NCAA season on going, the Philippine team might not have the best possible team available.
Chooks to GoPilipinas plans to level up the playing field by inviting two imports by the name of  Isaiah Austin and Bright Akhuetie.
Akhuetie is a Nigerian currently playing college ball in the Philippines with Perpetual Help but will soon be moving to the University of the Philippines next season. Well and good!
I am more interested in informing you that the other import that we tapped is a player with a rather tricky disorder.  Isaiah Austin  is a young 23-year-old from California, USA, back in 2014, this 7’1″ tall center was supposed to be one of the top picks alongside Andrew Wiggings,  Jabari Parker, Aaron Gordon and Joel Embiid, but it did not happen as he was diagnosed with a Marfan syndrome and he was told that he can no longer play basketball because of his abnormally enlarged heart.
Austin was barred from playing basketball until the last year, 2016 when doctors cleared him. He began accepting offers from Europe and China and now it looks like he will be getting another chance with the Philippines.
The FIBA Asia Championship Cup will start on September 22 and will end September 30 in China.
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Is Isaiah Austin a good choice for the Philippines?

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FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2017 Bound Philippine Team will Join the Tournament as Chooks To Go Pilipinas

 Chooks To Go will be representing the Philippines in the upcoming FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2017

Chooks To Go

The name may be different but the heart will still be the same as the Philippine basketball team will once again be representing the country in the upcoming FIBA Asia Championship Cup 2017 which will take place in Chenzou, China on September 22 to 30, 2017.
The competition was unexpected for the Philippines as the tournament already had 10 teams but with Japan Club Sunrockers Shibuya pulling out due to scheduling conflicts, a slot opened and the Philippines was given the wild card spot.
The news was announced by Chot Reyes via twitter. He will also be coaching the team that does not have any definite players as of yet. With PBA conference on going, the team might most likely consist of none PBA players, Gilas cadets, and college players unless PBA can loan their best players again.
According to the FIBA Asia rules, the number of participating teams in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup is ten (10). Each of the six (6) FIBA Asia Sub-Zones has one place, and the hosts (China) was automatically qualified. The other three places are allocated to the zones according to performance in the 2016 FIBA Asia Champions Cup.
Tournament groupings, top four teams per group will advance to the quarter finals.
Group A: BC Astana, Mono Vampire, Petrochimi, Sarreyet Ramallah, Chooks To Go Pilipinas.

Group B: Al Shabab Al Ahli, ONGC, Al Riyadi, Dacin Tigers, China Kashgar