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A group of basketball players posing with a large check after winning the Leg 3 title of PBA 3x3 Conference.

Jorey Napoles stars as Limitless downs TNT for Leg 3 title of PBA 3×3 Conference 2


Jorey Napoles pushed the Limitless App past the TNT Tropang Giga, scoring the pivotal basket that allowed them to capture the Leg 3 title of the PBA 3×3 Lakas Ng Tatlo Conference 2 on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Napoles was unstoppable in the finals, finishing with 14 points, including four in crunchtime in the tightly-contested match. However, it was his final basket that proved most important. Tied at 20-all, Napoles scored on putback off a Brandon Rosser miss to give his team the win, 21-20, the title, and the P100,000 cash prize.

Napoles also scored on a long two and then hit a technical free throw to put the Southeast Asian Games-bound team on the hill, 20-19 after trailing 12-7 earlier. Samboy De Leon then tied the game at 20 with his own basket from the charity stripe, before the Appmasters clinched the victory behind Napoles’ heroics.

It was the third leg title overall for the 3×3 team of the Phoenix franchise, and fourth championship in all counting the grand finals of the First Conference last year.

It was an excellent momentum-building win for the Appmasters, who will represent the country in the 3×3 event of the Hanoi SEA Games this May.

“It took a while,” said Limitless App coach Willie Wilson of his team which last made it to the finals of the standalone tournament during the December grand finals.

The Appmasters went undefeated in six games on the way to the championship.

Rosser added six including a long two that kicked off Limitless’ comeback from five points down.

The Tropang Giga were led by the nine of Almond Vosotros and the seven of De Leon, but fell short of winning another leg championship after claiming the opening leg of the second conference.

They claimed the P50,000 runner up purse.

On the way to the finals, Limitless App held off Meralco, 16-11, while TNT survived a gritty Terrafirma side in overtime, 21-19, on a game-winner by Vosotros to arrange the title duel between the two teams considered the best in the league’s half-court game.

In the battle for third place, Tonino Gonzaga hit two straight clutch baskets and Alfred Batino the clinching free throw in the Bolts’ 21-18 win over the Dyip, to claim the P30,000 prize money.

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