Cavitex stuns TNT as other teams rise in PBA 3x3

TNT no longer stands perfect in PBA 3x3 as it saw its immaculate record tarnished by Cavitex in Day 1 of the second leg at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig on Wednesday, November 24.

Undefeated in 10 straight games – including seven consecutive in their flawless title run in the first leg – the Tropang Giga were given a dose of reality as the Braves pulled off a 20-19 shocker in Pool A action.

PBA veteran Larry Fonacier shone in the upset after tallying 10 points and hitting the go-ahead bucket with under 15 seconds left.

Unaware that TNT needed just a point to forge overtime, Samboy de Leon cleared the ball off an Almond Vosotros miss for a two-point attempt only to hear the final buzzer ring.

Despite the loss, the Tropang Giga punched their quarterfinals ticket with a 3-1 record, tied with the Sista Super Sealers at the top of Pool A.

Sista also reached the last eight as it proved its mettle after a forgettable first-leg campaign where it went winless in the pool stage.

Cavitex, which finished with a 2-2 card, needs the San Miguel Beermen (1-2) to succumb to the Zamboanga Valientes (0-3) to nail the last quarterfinal berth available in Pool A.

In case of a tie between the Braves and the Beermen, the team with the most points scored will advance.

Over in Group B, Terrafirma 3x3 fortified its bid for a quarterfinal berth after going 2-0 with wins over the Meralco Bolts and Barangay Ginebra.

Roider Cabrera shone for Terrafirma after averaging 8 points.

The Bolts and the Limitless App Masters trail Terrafirma in Group B with 1-1 slates, while Ginebra bowed out of contention with a 0-2 record.

Meanwhile, Platinum Karaoke and Pioneer Pro Tibay secured the two quarterfinal slots up for grabs in Pool C with identical 2-0 cards, with the NorthPort Batang Pier (0-2) and Purefoods TJ Titans (0-2) getting the boot.

Pioneer showed its true form following its early exit in the first leg, where it forfeited two of its three games after failing to submit a medical clearance.

Only the top three teams from Pool A and top two teams from Pools B and C advanced directly to the quarterfinals.

Completing the quarterfinal cast is the winner between the third-place teams from Pools B and C.

The second leg wraps up on Thursday, November 25, at the same venue. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.