Pasig TNT splits Macau Masters qualifying draw games, misses main tourney

Almond Vosotros won it for Pasig TNT vs. Doha, but it was not enough to bring them to the Macau Masters proper. PBA Images (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Pasig TNT barely missed out on making the main draw for the FIBA 3x3 Macau Masters after going 1-1 in their qualifying draw assignments on Saturday at the Wynn Palace in Macau.

Pasig TNT began its campaign on a sour note after bowing to Ulaanbaatar MMC Energy, 14-22.

Pasig could not sustain a hot start that saw them racing to a 5-1 lead two minutes into the match as Ulaanbaatar finished the game on a 12-2 run within the final four and a half minutes of the game.

Marko Dugosija, though, did not bring the game to full time as he nailed a two-pointer at the 8:50 mark of the supposed 10-minute affair to finish off Pasig.

Pasig bounced back with a 21-19 win against Doha, but how Pasig won the match costed them a shot at sneaking into the main draw.

Pasig blew a 19-11 lead as Doha rallied to force overtime, but Almond Vosotros saved Pasig's cause with a deuce to finally take down Doha.

Ulaanbaatar still sealed its place in the main draw after downing Doha, 20-17.

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