PBA 3x3: Limitless rules Leg 3 after stunning TNT

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 13 2022 03:00 PM | Updated as of Mar 13 2022 03:37 PM

The Limitless App Masters are champions of Leg 3 of the PBA 3x3 Lakas ng Tatlo Second Conference. PBA Images.
The Limitless App Masters are champions of Leg 3 of the PBA 3x3 Lakas ng Tatlo Second Conference. PBA Images.

MANILA - (UPDATED) Jorey Napoles emerged as the hero as the Limitless App Masters came from behind to stun the TNT Tropang GIGA, 21-20, and rule the third leg of the PBA 3x3 Lakas ng Tatlo.

Napoles scored 14 points, including the game-winning putback off a Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser miss, as the App Masters completed a comeback from five points down on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Limitless, the Grand Champions of the first conference, won a leg for the first time in the second conference and denied the Tropang GIGA a second leg title. TNT had won the first leg.

Ganuelas-Rosser had six points, four rebounds, and one block, while Reymar Caduyac had one point and four assists in their victory.

Almond Vosotros starred for TNT with nine points, while Samboy de Leon had seven points.

TNT appeared headed to victory after surging to a 7-2 lead as the App Masters fell victim to a slow start. It was Napoles who spurred their comeback as he found his range from the two-point distance, and his long jumper with 4:30 to play made it a one-possession game, 14-12.

His free throw with 3:42 left cut the lead to one point, 15-14, before Lervin Flores muscled his way for a layup that made it 16-14 with under three minutes to play.

Jorey Napoles shone for Limitless in their triumph against TNT. PBA Images.
Jorey Napoles shone for Limitless in their triumph against TNT. PBA Images.

TNT regained control thanks to Chris Javier and de Leon, with the latter giving the Tropang GIGA at 18-15 lead with just 2:17 to play. But Ganuelas-Rosser hit a clutch two-pointer to trim the deficit to one-point, and then hustled to save a loose ball that led to Napoles' go-ahead twinner with a minute and a half to go.

With Limitless clinging to a 19-18, Napoles and de Leon got tied up in a rebounding play, forcing the referees to get involved. De Leon was whistled for a technical foul for second motion, while Napoles was called for a personal foul.

Napoles made his free throw to put Limitless on the brink, 20-18, but De Leon was solid at the stripe as well, knocking down his two charities to tie the game.

But it was Limitless that got the possession, and they made the most of it as Ganuelas-Rosser drove hard for a layup. He missed, but Napoles was there for the putback that ended matters.

Limitless won the top prize of P100,000, while TNT got P50,000.

Meanwhile, the Meralco Bolts outlasted the TerraFirma Dyip, 21-18, to secure third place along with the prize of P30,000.