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Meralco claims PBA 3x3 Leg 2 title after outlasting Platinum in final

Meralco wins the second leg of the PBA 3x3 season. PBA Images
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--After falling just short in the Leg 1 final, Meralco finally won it all.

Meralco clinched the second leg of the PBA 3x3 season after once again getting the better of Platinum Karaoke through a 21-16 win in the final on Thursday night at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Tonino Gonzaga, who has been Meralco's main man in terms of scoring, led the team's blistering start as he scored five of his seven points in its early 10-3 lead.

Chris Dechavez came alive as he tried to lead Platinum's comeback, but Joseph Sedurifa, Dexter Maiquez, and Alfred Batino helped close out the win for Meralco, which repeated its stunning Leg 1 semifinal victory against the same Platinum team.

Taking home PHP100,000 for its Leg 2 win, Meralco has now amassed a total of PHP150,000 worth of earnings in this FIBA 3x3 Level 4 event.

Platinum, on the other hand, settled for a PHP50,000 runner-up prize despite an 11-point explosion from Dechavez.

On the other hand, TNT took third place with a 21-14 win over Limitless in the repechage.

The Tropang Giga banked on a solid balanced attack to take down the Appmasters for the PHP30,000 pot money.

Jeremiah Gray led TNT with six points while the rest of the squad, Almond Vosotros, Lervin Flores, and Samboy De Leon, each added five.

Marvin Hayes and Jaypee Belencion each made five markers for Limitless.

The Scores:

13th Game

TNT Tropang GIGA 21 – Gray 6, Vosotros 5, Flores 5, De Leon 5.  

Limitless Appmasters 14 – Hayes 5, Belencion 5, Ganuelas-Rosser 3, Caduyac 1.

14th Game

Meralco Bolts 21 – Gonzaga 7, Sedurifa 6, Maiquez  5,Batino 3. 

Platinum Karaoke 16 – De Chavez 11, Dehesa 2 Alabanza 2, Andrada 1.

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