Cavitex scores upset wins en route to bagging Leg 2 title of PBA 3x3

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The Cavitex Braves triumphed over the San Miguel Beermen, 21-19, in the finals to capture the championship in Leg 2 of the PBA 3x3 last Sunday at the Robinsons Novaliches.

Jorey Napoles, who had a decorated stint with Limitless last season, knocked down the clutch floater against SMB to lift the franchise to its very first PBA 3x3 crown. Napoles finished with seven points to backstop Bong Galanza’s eight in the clincher as Cavitex capped a stellar campaign that saw them take down the Leg 1 runner-up Meralco in the semis, 17-16, and Leg 1 third placer Platinum Karaoke in the quarterfinals, 14-12.

Galanza, Napoles, Chester Saldua and Dominic Fajardo netted P100,000 for this maiden victory.

San Miguel’s Ken Bono, Wendell Comboy, Jeff Manday and Fonso Gotladera, who fought back from an eight-point deficit and even had a chance to steal the win from the two-point area, settled for the P50,000 second place purse.

The Beermen and the Braves set up a duel for leg honors after bringing down the top two teams of last week’s kickoff stage.

SMB turned what was anticipated as a slugfest against Leg 1 winner TNT into a one-sided affair as it rolled to a 20-14 in the semifinals. Cavitex followed suit as it nosed out Leg 2 runner-up Meralco 3x3, 17-16, on the buzzer-beating floater of Napoles.

TNT completed the podium finishers as it beat Meralco in the battle for third, 20-17. The Tropang Giga netted P30,000.