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Purefoods, Platinum Karaoke log wins in PBA 3×3 Lakas ng Tatlo

The Purefoods TJ Titans and the Platinum Karaoke blew away their respective opponents to nab the early lead in the first gameday of the PBA 3×3 Lakas ng Tatlo on Saturday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

The Titans outclassed the Limitless Appmasters, 21-9, in the first match of a packed 17-game schedule on the first day of the tournament’s maiden leg.

Val Acuna had eight points and Joseph Eriobu with six in leading the charge for the Titans.

Later on, Platinum Karaoke later crushed fellow guest team Zamboanga Valientes, 21-7. Chris De Chavez top-scored with 13 points and JR Alabanza with six in the runaway win that underscored Platinum Karaoke’s reputation as the team to beat in the tournament.

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The separate win put Purefoods and Platinum in the early lead on top of Pool A and on track of earning spots in Sunday’s knockout stage.

TnT Tropang Giga made it a three-way tie for the lead in Pool A with a 21-1 win over Limitless, behind the 12 points of Almond Vosotros. The Appmasters fell to their second straight loss.

In Pool B action, Barangay Ginebra leaned on the stellar play of Denice Villamor to defeat the Sista Super Sealers, 21-16. Villamor finished with nine points for the Kings, who also got six from Jollo Go and four from Mikey Cabahug.

The eliminations resume Sunday with five more games onboard prior to the knockout stage.

The top three teams in Pool A and the two best teams in Pools B and C will advance to the playoffs.

The playoffs kick off with the no. 3 team in Pool B clashing with the no. 3 team in Pool C to determine the eighth and final quarterfinals slot.

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