Ginebra, TNT go 2-0; Platinum, Purefoods bounce back

Ginebra, TNT go 2-0; Platinum, Purefoods bounce back

Joseph Eriobu outscored the entire CAVITEX squad by himself for Purefoods. PBA Images
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--The playoff picture for the first leg of the PBA 3x3 Second Conference began taking shape following the results of the late morning games on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Ginebra and TNT scored their second straight wins in the pool stage play, while Platinum Karaoke and Purefoods recovered from their shock losses to notch their respective first wins.

Platinum vented ire on Terrafirma for a 17-12 win.

Platinum banked on its defense to hold Terrafirma to only two scorers in the victory.

JR Alabanza and Ryan Monteclaro led Platinum's balanced attack with five points each, while Matt Salem had four and Yutien Andrada added three.

Terrence Tumalip put up seven points, while Dhon Reverente added five markers for Terrafirma.

Meanwhile, Ginebra became the first team at this conference to score a knockout after edging Master Sardines, 21-19.

Encho Serrano won it for Ginebra after scoring a two-pointer at the 1:41 mark of the game following Mon Mabayo's equalizer that forced a 19-all deadlock.

Serrano finished with eight points, while Jollo Go added five, and Dennice Villamor and Jayson David each put up four for Ginebra.

Levi Hernandez fired 11 markers, Mabayo had five, Cyrus Tabi got two, and Michole Sorela put up one for Master, which fell to 0-2.

TNT also moved up to 2-0 after tripping Meralco, 18-12.

Samboy De Leon made eight points, while Almond Vosotros added six, Lervin Flores had three, and Rey Mark Acuno had one for TNT.

Tonino Gonzaga had five markers, Alfred Batino and Joseph Sedurifa added three each, and Dexter Maiquez had one for Meralco.

On the other hand, Joseph Eriobu exploded for Purefoods in a 21-11 rout of CAVITEX.

Eriobu fired 13 points for Purefoods, outscoring the entire CAVITEX squad by himself.

Pao Javelona added four points and Val Acuna and Jun-Jun Bonsubre each put up two markers for Purefoods.

Prince Rivero tallied five points in his CAVITEX debut, while Dominick Fajardo scored three, Kyles Lao put up two, and Ernest Reyes made one.

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