The Cavitex Braves scored a 21-13 win over the Platinum Karaoke to capture the crown in Leg 5 of the PBA 3x3 2nd Conference Season 2 on Sunday at the Robinsons Place Novaliches.
The Braves set the tone of the Leg 5 finals early on behind the hot shotmaking of Dominick Fajardo and Chester Saldua, who took turns in giving the team a 10-2 lead four minutes into the match.
Platinum never recovered from the slow start as the Braves never let up and coasted to their first championship this conference to net them the cash prize worth P100,000.
Fajardo led Cavitex with nine points, Saldua added seven, and while Jorey Napoles put in five, including the game-clinching deuce with still plenty of time to spare. Tzaddy Rangel completed the championship quartet of the Braves coached by Emman Monfort.
The win avenged the Braves’ close 13-12 loss to Platinum Karaoke in the Leg 4 finals a week ago. It also ended the team’s pair of runner-up finishes in the previous two legs.
Platinum Karaoke got four points each from Raphael Banal, Yutien Andrada, and Yves Sazon, while top gun Terrence Tumalip was held to a single point on 1-of-5 shooting from the field. Platinum Karaoke received P50,000 for the runner-up finish.
Pioneer Elastoseal meanwhile, clinched a podium finish for the first time this season by beating Barangay Ginebra in the battle for third place, 17-14.