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PBA 3×3: Salva lifts Limitless to Grand Finals QF as Ginebra, Platinum, Meralco also advance

Limitless App outlasted the much younger CAVITEX in overtime, 22-19, to sweep its way to the PBA 3×3 Third Conference Grand Finals’ knockout stages, Sunday afternoon at the Robinsons Place Manila in Ermita.

Nico Salva buried the game-winning deuce, making up for the blunder he committed in the final seconds of regulation, which saw him fail to make his second free throw that could have potentially given his side the victory.

Jorey Napoles top-scored with nine points while Salva finished with eight for the Appmasters, who clinched the top spot in Pool A with a 2-0 record. Their other win came at the expense of Barangay Ginebra, 20-16.

Grand champions of the First Conference, the Phoenix Fuels-owned franchise is set to meet Purefoods Tender Juicy in the quarterfinals.

The Kings, on the other hand, finished as the no. 2 seed of the same pool with a 1-1 card. They will face the top-ranked TNT in the next stage.

Platinum Karaoke also perfected the group stage, sweeping Pool B in convincing fashion by running roughshod over Terrafirma, 21-8.

Ael Banal powered the dominant victory with 11 points in a battle of teams undermanned due to health and safety protocols. Chris De Chavez gave ample support with seven points, as Hyram Bagatsing added two.

Platinum (2-0) will take on San Miguel Beer in the quarters. Pool B’s second-seed Sista (1-1), meanwhile, is set for a collision course with Meralco.

The scores:

First game
Ginebra 21 – Villamor 8, Gozum 6, De Vera 4, Cabahug 3.
CAVITEX 16 – Galanza 6, Fajardo 6, Rivero 3, Saldua 1.

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Second game
Platinum Karaoke 17 – Andrada 7, Banal 6, De Chavez 2, Bagatsing 2.
Sista 14 – Mocon 4, Gabawan 4, Jamon 4, Manlangit 2.

Third game
Limitless 20 – Salva 7, Napoles 7, Camacho 6, Arambulo 0.
Ginebra 16 – Cabahug 9, De Vera 4, Villamor 3, Gozum 0.

Fourth game
Sista 15 – Jamon 7, Manlangit 5, Mocon 2, Gabawan 1.
Terrafirma 10 – Bulawan 5, Ceñal 3, Cachuela 2.

Fifth game
Limitless 22 – Napoles 9, Salva 8, Arambulo 3, Camacho 2.
CAVITEX 19 – Galanza 6, Saldua 5, Fajardo 5, Rivero 3.

Sixth game
Platinum Karaoke 21 – Banal 11, De Chavez 7, Bagatsing 2, Andrada 1.
Terrafirma 8 – Cenal 5, Cachuela 3, Bulawan 0.

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