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Beermen pluck 3×3 crown

San Miguel finally broke through in the Philippine Basketball Association 3×3 Season 2 by outlasting TNT in overtime, 22-20, to rule Leg 4 of the First Conference Sunday at Robinsons Malabon.

Ken Bono and Wendell Comboy rallied back the Beermen from as much as a 13-20 deficit in the final four minutes of regulation, and then took over in the extra period to clinch the thrilling win for the team.

Bono finished with eight points, including the game-tying deuce, 20-20, in the final two seconds.

Comboy, who added six points, then began the overtime period with a jumper, before Bono ended it all by scoring on a layup.

San Miguel claimed the P100,000 prize money and atoned for its runner up finish after losing the title to Cavitex Braves in the finals of Leg 2.

Almond Vosotros led TNT with eight points but couldn’t convert the possible game-winner at the buzzer when his shot was blocked by Jeff Manday.

The Tropang Giga, opening leg champions, settled for the runner-up prize worth P50,000.

The battle for third place belonged to Meralco as it bagged P30,000 after trouncing Platinum Karaoke, 19-12.

Earlier, the Beermen booted out the Bolts, the previous leg winner, 15-12, in their semifinals encounter.

They toppled Pioneer Elastoseal Katibays at the start of the knockout stage, 20-14.

The Tropang Giga on the other hand, leaned on Vosotros anew in getting past Platinum Karaoke in the semis, 14-12.

In the quarterfinals, TNT waylaid NorthPort Batang Pier, 18-13.

In classification matches, Barangay Ginebra edged out Purefoods, 21-20, while Blackwater turned back Terrafirma, 21-19.

The Kings and Red President ended their leg campaigns with similar 1-2 records, with the Titans and Dyip both finishing winless in three outings.

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