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PBA 3×3: Meralco outguns Ginebra, sweeps Leg 6 pool

Meralco swept its way to the PBA 3×3 Second Conference Leg 6 quarterfinals after beating Ginebra, 20-16, Wednesday at the SMART Araneta Coliseum.

Tonino Gonzaga once again spearheaded the assault with eight points, as the Bolts clinched the top seed of Pool A with a clean 4-0 record.

Dexter Maiquez supplied seven points, while Joseph Sedurifa and Maclean Sabellina combined for five markers for the Leg 4 champions, who are looking to atone for their sixth-place finish in the previous stop.

Meralco will battle San Miguel in the next round. The Beermen beat CAVITEX in the knockout match, 21-15, to complete the playoff cast.

On the other hand, Encho Serrano finished with six points for the Barangay, who are still headed into the next round as the group’s second seed (2-2).

Yet to win a leg title, Ginebra will meet the No. 1 seed of Pool C in Purefoods Tender Juicy, who ended the elimination round unscathed as well at 3-0.

The Titans swept their pool with a narrow 21-20 win over CAVITEX to open Day 2, with Pao Javelona sinking the game-winning lay-up off a cut with 1:28 left. Joseph Eriobu carried the load on offense with 16 points.

Finishing at second in Pool C is Platinum Karaoke (2-1), who’s set for a collision course with Pioneer Pro Tibay, the top team in Pool B (3-0).

Pioneer went perfect following its 21-20 overtime win versus TNT. It won after Tropang Giga big Lervin Flores was called for basket interference when he inadvertently tapped the board in an attempt to disrupt Robin Rono’s shot.

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Still, MVP Group’s crown jewel ended up as the pool’s No. 2 team, and will face Pool A third seed Limitless App in an early meeting between the rivals.

Looking to secure the top seed heading into the Grand Finals, the reigning grand champions salvaged the No. 3 placing in their group by handing Sista a 21-13 beatdown to cap off the round robin stage.

The Scores:

First game
Purefoods TJ 21 – Eriobu 16, Javelona 4, Bonsubre 1, Mendoza 0.
CAVITEX 20 – Fajardo 8, Rivero 6, Fonacier 4, Reyes 2.

Second game
Pioneer Pro Tibay 21 – Abrigo 11, Roño 7, Rivera 2, Escalambre 1.
TNT 20 – Flores 11, Vosotros 7, Javier 2, De Leon 0.

Third game
Meralco 20 – Gonzaga 8, Maiquez 7, Sedurifa 4, Sabellina 1.
Ginebra 16 – Serrano 6, Villamor 4, Go 4, David 2.

Fourth game
Platinum Karaoke 21 – Banal 9, Alabanza 7, Andrada 3, Monteclaro 2.
Master Sardines 18 – Hernandez 7, Mabayo 6, Mahari 3, Comia 2.

Fifth game
San Miguel 21 – Bono 10, Manday 8, Vigil 3, Mangahas 0.
Terrafirma 14 – Taladua 5, Tumalip 4, Reverente 4, Bulawan 1.

Sixth game
Limitless 22 – Rosser 8, Hayes 6, Napoles 5, Caduyac 3.
Sista 13 – Manlangit 5, De Vera 5, Jamon 2, Mocon 1.

San Miguel 21 – Manday 14, Vigil 4, Bono 3, Mangahas 0.
CAVITEX 17 – Fonacier 7, Fajardo 4, Rivero 3, Reyes 3.

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