TNT’s unceremonious departure from PBA 3×3 due to injury; Beast’ Abueva led Magnolia with 16 rebounds in his first game back

Jul 11, 2023

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The PBA 3×3 Season 3 Leg 2 knockout round will not include TNT.

The initial leg winner Barangay Ginebra and Meralco in Pool A had identical 1-1 records, resulting in a triple tie in the Triple Giga.

The Bolts and Kings were able to claim the two quarterfinal spots in their group because the grand slam champion from the previous year had the fewest points after the first day of pool play.

With 36 points, Meralco had the total points, next to Ginebra with 35 and TNT with 32.

After competing in the 3×3 World Tour Macau Masters over the weekend, the Triple Giga only had the trio of Samboy De Leon, Gryann Mendoza, and Lervin Flores available to play without Almond Vosotros, who was the team’s best scorer.

Even worse, De Leon sustained an injury during the contest with Ginebra, leaving TNT’s sole players on the field to be Mendoza and Flores.

Since finishing eighth in the fifth leg of the Second Conference previous year, TNT had never failed to reach the quarterfinals.

San Miguel, who finished second in Leg 1, and the visiting squad Wilcon Depot both earned quarterfinal spots in Pool B thanks to matching 2-1 records.

The Beermen defeated Northport (21-9) and Pioneer Elastoseal (21-18) in their opening matches, but fell to Wilcon Depot (17-14).

Wilcon Depot recovered from their initial loss against Pioneer (18–12) by defeating the Batang Pier (21–15) and the Beermen back-to-back.

On Tuesday morning at the Ayala Mall Circuit, Pioneer (1-1) and Northport (0-2) will compete for the last spot in their respective group on the final day of pool play.

Cavitex, on the other hand, finished Pool C play with a 2-1 record after defeating Terrafirma (20-18) and Blackwater (20-15) to earn the first quarter final ticket. The Braves’ lone defeat (20-17) came at the hands of Purefoods.

The final two playoff spots in each team’s group, which will be determined following the Blackwater-Purefoods spat on Tuesday morning, are still up for grabs, with the Smooth Razor (1-1), Titans (1-1), and Dyip (1-2) all still in the running.

In other events, Calvin Abueva estimated his health to be at 70% after playing in his first preseason game for Magnolia.

The athlete claimed he gave it 70% of his effort, but that does not imply he was not trying his hardest.

‘The Beast’ did not do poorly in his PBA On Tour debut, despite not being at full strength. Magnolia defeated San Miguel on Sunday night at the Ynares Sports Arena, 94-65, and ‘The Beast’ finished with 9 points and a game-high 16 rebounds.

Abueva, however, only made 3-of-8 field goal attempts. The Hotshots outrebounded the undermanned Beermen, 61-33, thanks to Abueva’s enthusiasm and hard work on the glass.

The effort enabled Magnolia to maintain its unbeaten streak of eight games, which Abueva did not jinx as he had expected.

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