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Limitless captures Leg 5 title in PBA 3×3


The Limitless Appmasters frustrated the TNT Tropang Giga, 22-19, to come away with Leg 5 championship in the PBA 3×3 Lakas Ng Tatlo Second Conference on Sunday night.

Jorey Napoles came through in the clutch, scoring four of his 11 points down the stretch including an all-important two-pointer that forged an 18-all deadlock. He added another deuce to bring Limitless to match point but the Tropang Giga made one final stand on a Chris Javier layup. However, Fil-Am Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser took the fight out of TNT by draining a corner two for the finishing touch on the win.

It was the second time this conference Limitless beat TNT for a stage title after doing the same back in Leg 3 three weeks ago. In all, the Appmasters had beaten the Tropang Giga in all four finals meetings, including two in the first conference.

Ganuelas-Rosser added five, Reymar Caduyac with four, and Marvin Hayes two for the team that will represent the country in the 3×3 competitions of the Vietnam Southeast Asian Games next month.

“They’re (TNT) improving and we’re still trying to improve. I think every single team has a lot of improvement to still do, it just so happened that the ball went in more for us than for them,” said coach Willie Wilson, whose team won the top prize of P100,000.

It was the third straight leg finals appearance for Limitless App, the 3×3 team of the Phoenix franchise, which, unfortunately, lost to Meralco in the Leg 4 championship.

The Tropang Giga ended runner-up again and took home P50,00 as Almond Vosotros led the team with 11 points, including the last two that gave the Tropang Giga an 18-16 lead with 3:22 to play.

TNT actually battled its way back from the bottom as it needed to beat guest team Master Sardines, 21-7, in a sudden-death to claim the last quarterfinals berth.

Vosotros and Co. went on and disposed top seed Pioneer Pro Tibay in the quarterfinals, 22-18, and then disposed of Platinum Karaoke in the semis, 21-15, to make it back to the finals.

Limitless meanwhile, went undefeated in pool play with a 3-0 record in Pool B, blasted San Miguel in the quarters, 21-16, and whipped Purefoods in the semis, 21-9, to arrange yet a title showdown with its foremost rival.

Platinum Karaoke hacked out a close 18-17 win against Purefoods to grab P30,000 for finishing third place.

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