PBA 3x3

Upset-conscious Cavitex captures first PBA 3×3 crown

Upset-conscious Cavitex captures first PBA 3×3 crown

CLUTCH. Jorey Napoles keys Cavitex's final win over Ken Bono and San Miguel.


Cavitex topples the tournament heavyweights, including San Miguel Beer in the finale, to bag the PBA 3x3 Leg 2 championship

MANILA, Philippines – A new leg champion emerged in PBA 3×3 action. 

Cavitex scored a breakthrough triumph as it toppled several tournament heavyweights on the way to capturing the Leg 2 championship of the season-opening conference Sunday, September 18, at Robinsons Novaliches.

Jorey Napoles and Bong Galanza led the way as the Braves ended a long climb to the summit with a hard-earned 21-19 squeaker over three-leg winner San Miguel Beer in the leg finale.

Napoles, who had a decorated stint with Limitless last season, knocked down the clutch floater against SMB to lift the franchise, whose previous best finish was leg runner-up in its only other leg finals appearance since the second stop of last season’s Third Conference.

Former Gilas Pilipinas 3×3 mainstay Napoles finished with 7 points to backstop Galanza’s 8 in the clincher as Cavitex capped a stellar campaign that saw them take down Leg 1 runner-up Meralco in the semifinal, 17-16, and Leg 1 third placer Platinum Karaoke in the quarterfinal, 14-12.

Galanza, Napoles, Chester Saldua, and Dominic Fajardo netted P100,000 for this maiden victory.

San Miguel’s Ken Bono, Wendell Comboy, Jeff Manday, and Fonso Gotladera, who fought back from an eight-point deficit and even had a chance to steal the win from the two-point area, settled for the P50,000 second place purse.

The Beermen and the Braves set up a duel for leg honors after bringing down the top two teams of last week’s kickoff stage.

SMB turned what was anticipated as a slugfest against Leg 1 winner TNT into a one-sided affair as it rolled to a 20-14 win in the semifinal.

Comboy (10 points) and Bono (8) combined for a sizzling seven two-pointers to spark the Beermen to the wire-to-wire victory touched off by a 14-4 opening.

Cavitex followed suit as it nosed out Leg 2 runner-up Meralco 3×3, 17-16, on the buzzer-beating floater of Napoles.

The Braves sustained the momentum from their gutsy 14-12 upset of Leg 3 third placer Platinum Karaoke in a quarterfinal matchup where they wiped out a four-point deficit with a 7-1 closing barrage.

TNT completed the podium finishers as it beat Meralco in the battle for third, 20-17. The Tropang Giga netted P30,000. – Rappler.com

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