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Alaska edges Phoenix; Rain or Shine wins debut

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Tiebreaker Times Alaska edges Phoenix; Rain or Shine wins debut 3x3 Basketball News PBA  Rubelyn Mendoza Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters PBA Season 41 Meralco Bolts Kath Garcia Kath Binamira Joan Diego Janice Abesamis Anna Iida Alaska Aces 2016 PBA-Tag Heuer Women's 3-on-3

Alaska moved to the upper half of Group A standings after beating Phoenix, 10-7, in the PBA-Tag Heuer 3-on-3 women’s basketball tournament Friday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Anna Iida powered the Aces to their second win in three games, hitting big shots down the stretch while denying the Fuel Masters a win in Phoenix’s opening game.

After Joan Diego’s two-point basket put Phoenix ahead, 5-3, Iida converted an and-one play and hit a free throw and a jumper to push Alaska on top, 7-5.

Diego cut the deficit to only one, 7-6, in the final minute, but Iida hit a long range shot to make it 9-6 for Alaska.

In the second game, Rain or Shine made a successful debut in Group B after defeating Meralco, 12-8.

Tiebreaker Times Alaska edges Phoenix; Rain or Shine wins debut 3x3 Basketball News PBA  Rubelyn Mendoza Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters PBA Season 41 Meralco Bolts Kath Garcia Kath Binamira Joan Diego Janice Abesamis Anna Iida Alaska Aces 2016 PBA-Tag Heuer Women's 3-on-3

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The Elasto Painters started strong, leading by as much as 6-2 before Meralco’s Kath Binamira and Janice Abesamis scored baskets to cut the lead down to 6-4.

Rubelyn Mendoza then scored on back-to-back hits before Kath Garcia made an and-one and a drive to carry Rain or Shine, 11-6.

Meralco suffered their second straight loss in Group B.

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Blackwater defeated San Miguel, 14-6, to remain unscathed in Group B. San Miguel dropped to 0-2 after the loss.

Barangay Ginebra, meanwhile, won in their debut over Mahindra, 11-7 in Group A. Mahindra absorbed their second straight loss.

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