Macmac Tallo’s homecoming did not go according to plan as he and the rest of the Cebu Chooks suffered a crushing 21-14 loss to Omaha 3Ball to get eliminated from the Cebu Chooks in Chooks-to-Go FIBA 3x3 World Tour Cebu Masters on Saturday night at the SM Seaside City Cebu Mountain Wing.
The loss means there will be no Philippine team competing in the knockout rounds that will commence on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the same venue.
The hometown bets fell prey to the Americans' pinpoint accuracy from two-point distance, so much so that they trailed by as much as seven points with less than four minutes to go, eventually failing to book a ticket to the quarterfinals.
Mike Harry Nzesseu carried the fight for Cebu with eight points and six rebounds in the loss. Mac Tallo and Brandon Ramirez had three each.
Malik Hluchoweckyj led Omaha with nine points in their bounce-back win after suffering an 18-14 loss to Pool A top seed Antwerp earlier. Trey Bardsley and Dylan Travis scored five each, while Mitch Hahn added two.
The playoffs begin with Antwerp locking horns with the second-best team of Pool C in Saitama, the reigning Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 International Quest champions.
Ulaanbaatar MMC Energy, the best team in Pool D, and Pool B's no. 2 Utsunomiya Brex take on one another next in an all-Asian affair.
Familiar foes Riga and Lausanne will duke it out in the third QF duel, while Omaha and Amsterdam are facing each other to finalize the semis cast.
Champion at the end of this max-level FIBA 3x3 tournament will take home USD 40,000, with the runner-up settling for USD 30,000.