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Pangasinan stuns favored Manila in Ginebra 3x3 final

Former senator and Ginebra legend Robert Jaworski and Games and Amusements Board chairman Baham Mitra present the championship trophy to Team Pangasinan after winning the Ginebra Tapang ng Tatluhan national tournament. Ivan Saldajeno
By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY--Pangasinan pulled off the improbable on Sunday night as the team shocked Manila, 21-13, in the final of the Ginebra Tapang ng Tatluhan 3x3 tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Ervin Silverie quickly caught fire from long range while Jayson Apolonio followed suit as Pangasinan dropped the upset ax on a Manila side led by former University of the Philippines players Jarrell Lim and Gelo Vito.

Back-to-back deuces from Silverie sparked Pangasinan's breakaway, breaking a 2-2 deadlock to eventually take a 7-3 lead.

Apolonio then backstopped Silverie with his own two-point barrage for Pangasinan before Ian Llona buried the dagger long tom to reach the 21-point knockout.

Silverie made 10 points, Apolonio finished with six for Pangasinan, which took home PHP250,000 for the championship.

Christian Corpuz had three points, while Llona put up two.

Vito made six markers, while Rickson Gerero added three and Lim and Kenneth Mocon tallied two each for Manila, which settled for the PHP50,000 runner-up prize.

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