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    Ryan Monteclaro stars as Porac wins fifth leg of 3x3 series

    Oct 20, 2019

    RYAN Monteclaro showed the way as Big Boss Cement-Porac beat Phenom-Basilan CTC Construction, 21-14, to top the fifth leg of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 MelMac Cup on Saturday at Gold's Gym Sheridan in Mandaluyong.

    The former Adamson stalwart hit five deuces, including the game-winning long bomb with 3:06 remaining to steer the Builders to their first championship in the tournament.

    "Di namin ito in-expect," said Monteclaro. "Ngayon, nagkaroon ulit kami ng chance and fortunately, nag-click kaming lahat."

    Third time's the charm for Porac after finishing runner-up to Pasig Chooks in the finals of legs three and four, becoming only the second squad to win the crown.

    It was also an emotional victory for Monteclaro, who was celebrating what would have been the 59th birthday of his late father Resty.

    "Para kay daddy ito," he said.

    Ford Ruaya also added four points in the triumph for the Gilbert Cruz-owned Big Boss Cement-Porac as it took home the P100,000 cash prize.

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    The Builders beat Pasig Chooks, 21-20, in the semifinals.

    "Pinaghirapan talaga namin and we just took advantage of the opportunity kasi lagi na lang Pasig at Balanga," said Monteclaro.

    Phenom-Basilan CTC Construction settled for second and took home P30,000 in its first finals appearance.

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    Pasig took home P20,000 for finishing third.

    In the women's division of the tournament also presented by Coca-Cola and Gold's Gym, Janine Pontejos led Ever Bilena to a 21-9 victory over Team X.

    Pontejos buried five long bombs as she easily outscored their opponents, finishing with 11, to steer Ever Bilena to its fifth straight title and bag P20,000.

    Meanwhile, Pasig's Franky Johnson ruled the Chooks-to-Go Harissa Roast Two-Point Shootout to bag P10,000.

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