The TNT Tropang Giga picked up from where they left off as they opened the second leg of the PBA 3×3 Lakas Ng Tatlo with a thrilling 21-18 come-from-behind win over the Zamboanga Valientes on Wednesday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
TNT—who were crowned champions of the first leg—got off to a sluggish start and trailed 5-10. However, Almond Vosotros found his shooting stroke and pushed his team to a 19-17 advantage, a lead that they kept until the very end.
Vosotros finished with a game-high 13 points to show the way for the Tropang Giga, who take the early lead in Pool A. The win also extended TNT’s unbeaten run in the tournament at eight straight, including seven during the first leg.
Mac Cardona torched his former PBA team for 10 points in a losing cause for the Valientes.
Sista Super Sealers later joined TNT on top of Pool A with a 22-16 win over Cavitex Braves.
First leg runner-up Meralco also kicked off its campaign on a high note with a 21-19 win over Limitless Appmasters in Pool B action, while Pioneer Pro Tibay made it to the win column in Pool C by rallying back from five points down in the final two minutes to stun Purefoods TJ Titans, 21-20.
Remaining pool matches will be played on Thursday prior to the start of the knockout stage, where the top three teams of Pool A and top two teams from Pools B and C will advance. The eighth and last quarterfinals berth meanwhile, will be disputed by the third best team in Pool B and C, respectively.
TNT (21) – Vosotros 13, Flores 4, De Leon 3, Gray 1
Zamboanga Valientes (18) – Cardona 10, De Mesa 4, Cawaling 2, Neypes 2.
Sista Super Sealers (22) – Mocon 11, De Vera 7, Rivero 3, Argamino 1.
Cavitex (16) – Reyes 6, Lao 5, Fonacier 3, Soberano 2.
Meralco (21) – Gonzaga 7, Sedurifa 7, Batino 4, Maiquez 3.
Limitless Appmasters (19) – Belencion 8, Ganuelas-Rosser 7, Caduyac 3, Hayes 1.
Pioneer Pro Tibay (21) – De Chavez 11, Abrigo 4, Escalambre 3, Rono 3.
Purefoods (20) – Eriobu 8, Mendoza 6, Acuna 5, Javelona 1.