Meralco, TNT eye second title in PBA 3×3 Leg 3

Published November 27, 2021, 12:20 AM

by Jonas Terrado

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Second leg winner Meralco hopes to continue its consistent form as the PBA 3×3 enters the third installment of its inaugural conference Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

Tonino Gonzaga, Alfred Batino, Joseph Sedurifa and Dexter Maiquez will have a quick turnaround after taking the recent stage two days prior when they open hostilities at 2 p.m. against the Terrafirma 3×3, one of the four teams the Bolts will face in Pool A.

The Bolts are also slated to face the Zamboanga Valientes and the Pioneer Pro Tibay before wrapping up their preliminary round assignment the following day opposite the NorthPort Batang Pier.

TNT also aims for a second leg win after settling for a third place finish the last time in Pool C.

Almond Vosotros, Jeremiah Gray, Lervin Flores and Samboy de Leon play the Cavitex Braves and Limitless Appmasters, who the Tropang Giga beat in the second leg’s consolation match.

Also in Pool C are the Purefoods TJ Titans, who signed up Jun Bonsubre after Val Acuna went down in the second leg with a broken jaw.

Another favorite is Platinum Karaoke, which made a change by adding 3×3 veteran Ryan Monteclaro in place of Yutien Andrada.

Monteclaro looks to play a key part for Platinum, a consistent performer in the first two legs with a fourth place finish in the first leg and a runner-up showing in the next phase.

Chris de Chavez, Karl Dehesa and JR Alabanza are expected to once again display their vast experience playing the halfcourt game.

Platinum is in Pool B with its first opponent Barangay Ginebra, Sista and San Miguel Beer.

Other matches scheduled on the first day are NorthPort-Pioneer, Terrafirma-Pioneer, Platinum-Sista, Pioneer-Zamboanga, Terrafirma-NorthPort, Ginebra-San Miguel, Cavitex-Purefoods, Zamboanga-NorthPort, Sista-San Miguel and Limitless-Purefoods.