Mac Tallo stars as Cebu Chooks upsets Chicago in FIBA 3×3 Dubai Expo Super Quest

THE Cebu Chooks kept their title hopes alive in the 2022 FIBA 3×3 Dubai Expo Super Quest after they upset Chicago of the United States, 21-15, on Thursday night, March 31, 2022, at the Expo Sports Arena in Dubai.Cebuano basketball great Macmac Tallo starred for Cebu Chooks with 10 points, hitting several crucial shots to complete the come-from-behind victory.Trailing 10-5 midway through the game, the trio of Tallo, fellow Cebuano Zach Huang, and Brandon Ramirez connived in an 8-3 run to tie things up at 13-all with 4:02 remaining. The two teams then went back and forth before Nzeusseu scored on the inside to give Cebu Chooks a 16-15 lead with three minutes left.With the momentum on their side, Huang and Tallo continued the scoring spree while a Ramirez putback sent the Filipinos to matchpoint with 2:02 remaining. Nzeusseu then scored the winner after blow by of Zahir Carrington with 1:46 to spare.With the win, Cebu Chooks went up to 1-1 in Pool B while dropping Chicago to 0-2. Both Latvia’s Riga and Belgium’s Antwerp have 1-0 slates as of publishing.Nzeusseu, who previously played for the University of the Visayas, added five points, including two dunks while Ramirez and Huang got three points each.Carrington, USA’s fourth-ranked player, led Chicago with five points while no. 3 Craig Moore and Jordan Hamilton got four points apiece for the Americans.