Purefoods failed to catch a break in the second leg of PBA 3x3 as it wrapped Day 1 without a single win following the abrupt exit of Val Acuña at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig on Wednesday, November 24.
Acuña was brought to the nearest hospital in accordance with concussion protocols after accidentally banging heads with Chris de Chavez midway through the TJ Titans' 16-21 loss to Platinum Karaoke.
The former PBA veteran writhed in pain on the floor following the collision and had to be stretchered out of the court by medical personnel.
With Acuña out, the shorthanded Purefoods saw its 8-6 lead vanish as the heftier Platinum opened its Pool C campaign with a win behind Karl Dehesa, JR Alabanza, and De Chavez, who scored 6 points apiece.
Purefoods, the third placer in the first leg, fell to last place in Pool C with a 0-2 record after absorbing a 20-21 heartbreaker against Pioneer Pro Tibay earlier in the day.
The TJ Titans will try to get a crack at a quarterfinals slot with a win over the NorthPort Batang Pier on Thursday.
Meanwhile, first leg champion TNT Tropang Giga remained unbeaten in PBA 3x3 history after sweeping their first three games in Day 1.
TNT edged the Zamboanga Valientes, 21-18, toppled the Sista Super Sealers, 21-17, and walloped the San Miguel Beermen, 21-12, to seize the lead in Pool A with a perfect 3-0 card.
Almond Vosotros starred for the Tropang Giga with an average of 11 points in three games. – 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.