PASIG finally solved the puzzle that was Balanga to take the 21-19 victory in the fourth leg championship of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 MelMac Cup Season 2 on Tuesday at Gold's Gym Sheridan in Mandaluyong.
Joshua Munzon atoned for his crucial foul on Alvin Pasaol in the final minute as he buried the game-winning freebie with 22.8 seconds remaining.
Munzon finished with 13 points on five deuces for the Kings' first title in the second season and take home the P100,000 prize in the tournament.
"At the end of the day, we're all coming out here and we're just having fun," he said. "It's a good competition and I think the main goal is the OQT. Everybody's here trying to gather points and we're all trying to make it to the Olympic qualifiers."
With Pasig leading 20-19, Munzon fouled Pasaol shooting a two-pointer with 40.8 seconds, but the latter failed to end the game after muffing both of his charities.
"I think it was lucky that he missed both free throws. I didn't expect him to miss both," he said.
Balanga continued to blow its chances after Santi Santillan missed on his drive, leading to Munzon drawing a foul on Karl Dehesa to wrap the game for good.
"It was just a series of unfortunate events that happened and I'm happy that we were all tough in those last possessions," said Munzon.
Franky Johnson added five points for Pasig, while Troy Rike got three.
It was the first setback in the second season for Balanga, which wound up with P30,000.
Santillan paced the Pure with nine points, as Pasaol and Dehesa both wound up with four apiece.
Big Boss Cement-Porac wound up at third place in the tournament also presented by Coca-Cola and Gold's Gym, bagging P10,000.
Andrew LeBreque of Same Energy Kabankalan City claimed the Chooks-to-Go Harissa Roast Two-Point Shootout title and bagged P10,000.
Leg five is on Wednesday.
Pasig 21 - Munzon 13, Johnson 5, Rike 3, Ababou 0.
Balanga 19 - Santillan 9, Pasaol 4, Dehesa 4, De Chavez 2.