Reigning Philippine Cup kingpin TNT Tropang Giga added another feather to their cap, winning the opening leg of the PBA 3×3 Lakas ng Tatlo Sunday night at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City
Picking up from where they left off in the last 5-on-5 conference, TnT’s Almond Vosotros, Jeremiah Gray, Lervin Flores and Samboy de Leon went on an unbeaten run from pool action all the way to the finale, where they beat Meralco, 21-18.
Gray fired 11 points, including back-to-back two-point shots that put the Tropang Giga on the hill, to set the tone for coronation as first leg champion.
The triumphant Tropang Giga handed pioneering lady coach Mau Belen a winning debut in the pro league, too.
“It was tough,” said Belen after her wards won all their seven assignments in the first salvo of the PBA’s three-a-side competition and won the P100,000 leg champion’s purse.
Meanwhile, Purefoods TJ Titans’ Pao Javelona, Val Acuna, Jed Mendoza and Joseph Eriobu took third place honors after beating Platinum Karaoke’ Karl Dehesa, Chris de Chavez, JR Alabanza and Yutien Andrada, 21-16.
The Titans earned P30,000 for their podium finish.