CEBU CITY, PHILIPPINES — Team Japeth/Adarna A turned it up down the stretch to defeat Team Slaughter/San Remegio, 21-14, and capture the Cebu title of the Ginebra 3×3 Tapang ng Tatluhan on Saturday at the Barangay Tinago Sports Complex.
Adarna-A, composed of former Asian College standout Vernon Anfone and ex-Cesafi aces Mark Panerio, James Ferraren and Fritz Dajalos, trailed, 1-6, after a furious start sparked by San Remigio’s own Cesafi studs Janjan Auditor and Floyd Taboada.
However, Adarna-A held the course and eventually went in front, 13-12, thanks to a seven-point flurry scored by Ferraren, a former go-to guy of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation.
It was all Adarna-A from that point onwards as they scored the next eight points, including two straight buckets from Anfone that sealed the win and the championship for them.
Ferraren ended up with 10 points while Panerio, who starred for the University of San Carlos and Southwestern University, put up six for Adarna-A.
The team pocketed the cash prize of P20,000 and earned the right to represent Cebu in the national finals on July 5-7, 2019 at Robinsons Place Manila.
Adarna-A beat the Caperal/J.Montesclaros squad, 20-16, to earn a ticket to the championship round while San Remigio put down R. Aguilar/Adarna-B, 21-19, in their own semis match-up.