Terrafirma shocks TNT; Purefoods unbeaten after Day 1

Published May 28, 2022, 6:29 PM

by Jonas Terrado

Terrafirma stunned Leg 1 champion TNT, 21-17, to end the day with a 2-0 record in the second leg of the PBA 3×3 third conference held Saturday, May 28 at Robinsons Place in Las Pinas City.

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Shaq Alanes scored eight points while Jeremiah Taladua scored the clinching basket as Terrafirma dealt Pool A favorite TNT a stinging setback at the early part of the leg.

Alanes, Taladua, Jebb Bulawan and Red Cachuela earlier beat Sista, 19-17.

Also unbeaten is Purefoods, which likewise posted back-to-back wins in Pool C.

Joseph Eriobu, Val Acuna, Jun Bonsubre and Jed Mendoza prevailed over Cavitex, 18-16, before getting past Master Sardines, 21-16.

First leg runner-up Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and Platinum Karaoke won their opening assignments in their respective pools.

Ginebra’s Mikey Cabahug, Denice Villamor, Martin Gozum and Leo de Vera edged Limitless, 21-20, in Pool B while Platinum’s Chris de Chavez, Yutien Andrada, Hyram Bagatsing and Ael Banal defeated Zamboanga Valientes, 21-13, in Pool D.

Platinum was supposed to face Meralco later in the day, but league officials decided to reschedule the final three games for Sunday due to issues surrounding the 3×3 flooring.

Limitless’ Jorey Napoles, Reymar Caduyac, Nico Salva and Simon Camacho bounced back to beat San Miguel Beer, 21-12, to stay in contention for a quarters berth.

Second conference champion Pioneer Pro Tibay also stayed alive with an 18-17 overtime win over Cavitex for a 1-1 record in Pool C.

The top two teams in each of the four pools will advance to the quarterfinals also slated Sunday.