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Lady Macbeth finishes off Army to complete Cinderella run to inaugural Manila Hustle crown

By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY—Lady Macbeth completed its rise from the abyss on Sunday after taking down Army, 21-11, in the final of the Manila Hustle 3x3 tournament at the Robinson's Magnolia Atrium.

Kacey Dela Rosa, a late replacement for Jack Animam, showed that she too can dominate in the 3x3 game like how she took the UAAP women's basketball tournament by storm last year, tallying nine points, mostly on layups, to lead Lady Macbeth to the gold in the all-Filipino final.

Dela Rosa sealed Lady Macbeth's win after scoring a free throw at the 9:33.3 mark of the game for the team to reach 21 points.

Helping Dela Rosa's cause was Janine Pontejos, who buried three deuces down the stretch for six points to help Lady Macbeth pull away from Army.

Khate Castillo also made six points for Lady Macbeth, who won US$3,000 (nearly PHP161,000) for ruling the two-day event.

Lady Macbeth went 0-2 in the pool stages, but the team won all its four do-or-die match-ups to secure the Cinderella finish.

Nathalia Prado made seven markers, Marlourd Borja added two points, and Chack Cabinbin and Camille Sambile each tallied one for Army.

On the other hand, Korean side 1Eyehansol denied the Philippines from sweeping the podium after beating Discovery Perlas, 21-12, in the bronze medal game.

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