Pasig claims sixth leg of Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 MelMac Cup

Pasig Chooks' hot hands led them back to the top of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 MelMac Cup presented by Coca-Cola, stifling MSC Biñan City - Azi&Tets Travel N Tours, 22-12 (8:00), in the finals of Leg 6 Sunday evening at Gold's Gym Sheridan in Mandaluyong Sunday evening.

Pasig, which was upset by Big Boss Cement Porac in Leg 5 Saturday did not let emotions get in their way to bounce back in a big way.

Joshua Munzon and Franky Johnson carried the load for Pasig as the duo shot a combined eight from downtown.

Pasig bagged another P100,000 prize, bringing their win total to P530,000.

Johnson ended the match with a right wing deuce with 2:00 left, his fifth of the night.

First-time finalists Biñan, led by 3x3 circuit runners Dan Reducto and Andrian Celada, took home P30,000.

Munzon, the top 3x3 player in the country, broke the 3-3 tie with a two-pointer as Pasig never looked back.

Reducto, Biñan's ace player, sprained his left ankle with 6:14 left, and did not return, while Pasig enjoyed a comfortable 12-6 lead.

Johnson and Munzon would then connive nailing three straight from downtown to go ahead 18-8. Celada tried to rally his squad, by cutting the deficit to five, 18-13.

Celada paced his offense with five points while Reducto added two.

"I just wanted to come back today and refocus. Yesterday was in the past, and move forward. That's what we could really do," said Johnson.

Muntinlupa, which qualified to the semis for the first time, brought home bronze and P20,000.

Meanwhile, in the women's division, the Ever Bilena trio of Afril Bernardino, Tina Deacon and Ria Nabalan waylaid Careline's Gemma Miranda, Chack Cabinbin, and Alyssa Parel in the Finals, 21-14 (7:38).

Bernardino uncorked 10 points for Ever Bilena, Deacon added seven markers, while Nabalan contributed four.

The former NU standout scored the game-winner at the 2:22 mark to net their fifth overall title and an additional P20,000.

Miranda, who faced her former teammates for the first time, topscored for Creamline with eight.

"Masaya [kami sa panalo]. Tulong na rin 'to for the upcoming SEA Games," Bernardino said. "Nakakapag-communicate kami ng mabuti sa bawat isa."

In the side event, Darwin Cantong triumphed over Michael Alvarez to be awarded the champion of the Chooks-to-Go Harissa Roast Slam Dunk title. Cantong, who won his second crown this conference, won P10,000 for his efforts.

Wilkins-Balanga Pure, fresh off from their Jeddah Masters stint, will return tomorrow for Leg 7 and look to put up a fight against rivals Pasig once more.