THE TNT Tropang Giga captured their second straight leg title after downing the Terrafirma Dyip, 21-15, in Leg 4 of the PBA 3x3 Third Conference on Sunday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
The Tropang Giga leaned on another fiery shooting from Almond Vosotros and the valuable contributions of Samboy De Leon, Lervin Flores, and Ping Exciminiano to overpower first time finalist Terrafirma Dyip, and annex their third leg crown in this conference.
TNT likewise became only the second team to win back-to-back leg championships after Limitless App during the first conference.
“Hats off to my players. I couldn’t emphasize that enough kasi three championships in four legs,” said winning coach Mau Belen. “Really, everyone just wants to win.”
The Tropang Giga won the top purse of P100,000, bringing their total prize pot to P300,000 for the conference alone.
Vosotros finished with nine points and had six rebounds, De Leon with five including the deuce that clinched the championship, while Flores and Exciminiano accounted for the rest of TNT’s output.
TNT ironically, lost its first game in pool play against Barangay Ginebra, 21-15, but bounced back with two straight wins over Master Sardines (22-12), and Pioneer Pro Tibay (21-14) to advance in the knockout stage.
The Tropang Giga then took their game a notch higher in the playoffs by outplaying Meralco in the quarterfinals, 21-14, and later eliminated San Miguel in the semis, 16-10, to reach the championship round.
Terrafirma took the runner-up honor worth P50,000 for the team’s best finish in the half-court game.
The Dyip edged Cavitex in the quarterfinals, 22-20, and went on to survive Limitless App in a closely-fought semis, 21-17, to arrange the finals showdown with the Tropang Giga.
San Miguel downed Limitless App, 21-17, to take home P30,000 in the battle for third place.
TNT’s Samboy de Leon tries to box out Terrafirma’s Red Cachuela. (PBA)
June 13, 2022
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