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Limitless became the fifth different champion of the PBA 3×3 tournament after edging out TNT, 14-13, to capture the penultimate leg Sunday, Dec. 12 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

Brandon Rosser starred in the victory when he scored a dunk over Lervin Flores before converting a key basket late that gave the Appmasters a cushion, and eventually win the top purse of P100,000.

Rosser, Jorey Napoles, Reymar Caduyac and Marvin Hayes denied TNT a chance to complete an improbable run after starting the leg with two straight defeats before posting win after win to make it to the finals.

But Almond Vosotros, Samboy de Leon, Flores and new addition Chris Javier were denied a chance to make TNT the first two-time leg winner to settle for the runner-up finish and P50,000.

The Appmasters, representing Phoenix in the halfcourt event, placed second in Pool A at 3-1 and had to endure a tough 15-14 win over Platinum Karaoke in the quarterfinals before posting a 20-14 victory against the Meralco Bolts.

TNT had to do it the hard way, defeating San Miguel Beer, 21-14, to stay in contention and beat Barangay Ginebra, 21-10, in a playoff pitting the third place teams of Pool B and C.

The Tropang Giga, playing their second leg without the injured Jeremiah Gray, stunned Leg 4 champion Purefoods TJ Titans, the top team in Pool A at 4-0, with a 14-10 triumph in the quarters and overcame Terrafirma 3×3, 21-17, in a hard-fought semis.

Dhon Reverente, TH Tumalip, Matt Salem and Jebb Bulawan of Terrafirma settled for third place and P30,000 after cruising past Meralco, 21-10.

Terrafirma was second in Pool B at 2-1, losing its final prelims match to Meralco (20-13) earlier in the day, but made it to the semis by way of a 19-17 overtime win over Pioneer in the quarterfinals.

Meralco, which leads the overall standings, advanced to its fourth semis in five legs after a 20-14 victory over SMB but top player Tonino Gonzaga and Dexter Maiquez suffer injuries.

Source: Manila Bulletin (