The EGS Elite beat Ako Two Team, 13-8, for its fourth title in the NBA 3X Philippines Mens Open Division at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall in Pasay City on Sunday.
Team captain Rocky Acidre and Mark Duligon led the EGS Elite with six and five points, respectively.
“Were happy because it is not easy to win the championship for four straight years, said Acidre.
In the last 34 seconds, Acidre fired a shot from the arc to extend the lead to five, 11-6, but Jowo Anohos of the Ako Two Team retaliated from the rainbow line to keep their bid alive, 11-8.
Acidre admitted that their rivals improved this year and that the game became more physical, which forced the EGS Elite to rely on inside shooting.
The EGS Elite and the Ako Two Team engaged in a closely contested battle in the first half of the match. Anohos led the Ako Two Team with six markers.
Ako Two Team’s playing coach Johnny Belandres said that their defense collapsed in the last three-minutes resulting in loss of focus. Belandres said after the defeat that they would gather experiences outside before competing anew in the NBA 3X.
Meanwhile, in the finals of the Celebrity Division, the Pokemen edged Team Cloudfone, 14-12, after David Carlos of Pokemen split his free throws in the last second of the match that forced an overtime.
Carlos hit a layup in the overtime period and got fouled by Cloudfone’s Dominic Uy. Carlos then sank the bonus shot to secure the win for the Pokemen, 14-12.
With four seconds remaining, the Pokemen also fouled Uy that gave Team Cloudfone the lead after Uy completed two free throws, 11-12.
Team Cloudfone topped Pool A where they played against Team ABS-CBN Sports + Action, Team Globe and the three time defending champion. The Pokemen swept the round robin elimination against teams Papaness, Deer Valley Titans, and Urban All Stars.
Teams Keanzel Trading and Jacobliit outsmarted their foes Team Caloocan and HIMC5, 6-4 and 13-8, in the Boys Under13 and 16 categories, respectively.
Jacobliit was named after the youngest and smallest member of the team, Jacob Marcelo, 14, standing at 5’2.
In the Boys Under18 and Womens Open divisions, Brodial and the National University Lady Bulldogs Team A brought home the crown, outclassing Ink for Less and the Admirals, 9-6 and 10-5, respectively.
Also present during the event were Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Carter-Williams, Timberwolves dancers Ariel, Ashley, Courtney, Demi, Dua and McKenna, as well as Los Angeles Clippers mascot Chuck the Condor.