ITS pride obviously hurt, TNT didn’t waste time to get back on track and book a berth in the Leg 6 quarterfinals of the PBA 3x3 Second Conference Season 2.
The Tropang Giga swept their way to Sunday’s knockout stage at Robinsons Place Antipolo Extension by topping a tough Pool A with a 2-0 record, scoring a close win against previous leg champion Cavitex, 21-20, and Meralco, 21-13.
Last week, Almond Vosotros and Co. failed to reach the quarterfinals just for the second time in two seasons.
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Now they’re heading to the playoffs as the top seeded team and will face Pool C no. 2 Pioneer Elastoseal (1-1) in the first of four scheduled matches in the next round.
Also advancing with similar unbeaten records are Blackwater in Pool B, San Miguel in Pool C, and Barangay Ginebra in Pool D.
The Red President are up against Pool D second seed J&T Express, the Beermen will have their hands full against Pool A no. 2 Cavitex Braves, while the Kings drew Leg 4 champion Platinum Karaoke, which finished second in Pool B.
The champion team of the final leg this conference gets the top purse of P100,000.
The conference grand finals is set on Dec. 18, with the top 10 teams with the most number of points earned at the end of the six-leg meet qualifying.