Even in the 3x3 scene, TNT continues to dominate.
The Tropang Giga brought their dominance from the 5-on-5 stage to the maiden PBA 3x3 leg after wrapping up the opening day unbeaten at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig on Saturday, November 20.
Led by Almond Vosotros and Samboy de Leon, TNT seized a share of the lead in Pool A with a 3-0 record and clinched its quarterfinals berth in the 13-team tournament.
The top three teams from Pool A and the top two teams from Pools B and C will advance to the quarterfinals.
Completing the eight-team quarterfinals cast is the winner between the third-place squads from Pools B and C.
The Tropang Giga rode on Vosotros' hot hands in their 21-9 mauling of the Limitless App Masters and 20-16 win over the Purefoods TJ Titans before banking on De Leon in edging the Zamboanga Valientes.
De Leon churned out 10 points and hit the game-winner as TNT nosed out former PBA star Mac Cardona and Zamboanga, 21-18, to cap a flawless day.
Guest team Platinum Karaoke also lived up to the billing as a tournament favorite after racking up a 3-0 slate in Pool A with wins over the Valientes, the App Masters, and the Titans.
The Tropang Giga and Platinum face off on Sunday to determine the top seed from Pool A.
Purefoods secured the last quarterfinals seat in Pool A with a 2-2 record as Limitless App (1-3) and Zamboanga (0-4) bowed out.
Over in Pool C, unheralded guard Jeff Manday put on a show and steered the San Miguel Beermen to a 2-0 start.
Manday, a product of Colegio de Sta. Ana de Victorias in Negros Occidental, proved to be a deadshot from deep and averaged 9.5 points in two games as San Miguel topped Pool C.
The Cavitex Braves and NorthPort Batang Pier trail the Beermen in Pool C with identical 1-1 cards, with both of their wins coming from the forfeiture of Pioneer Pro Tibay.
Pioneer did not compete in Day 1 after failing to submit a medical clearance.
Meanwhile, the Meralco Bolts 3x3 emerged as the best team so far in Pool B with a 2-0 record followed by Terrafirma 3x3 (1-1), Barangay Ginebra (1-1), and the Sista Super Sealers (0-2).
The first leg champion will be crowned on Sunday as all quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals games will be knockout matches. – Rappler.com
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.