Jerwin Gaco hit two free throws as Azi and Tets Travel Tours beat Yulz TMT, 21-19, in the final of the 3x3 Elite League Manila 2019 at Market! Market! in Taguig last Sunday.
The former PBA player nailed the game-winning free throws after his team trailed 19-20 to take the championship as well as the USD 3, 000 top prize in the tournament organized by Mediapro Asia in partnership with SINA Sports.
Azi and Tets Travel, which also has tournament MVP Dan Reducto, JR Cawaling, and Joel Brokenbrough, also secured a berth and all-expenses paid trip to Beijing for the SINA 3x3 Elite League Manila 2019 where they will represent the Philippines in the tournament to be competed in by some of the top 3x3 teams in the world.
The Yulz TMT of Andrian Celada, Ken Acibar, Jeson Delfinado, and Levi Dela Cruz bagged second place and the USD 2, 000 prize.
Zamboanga MLV 2 of Das Esa, Jon Rebollos, Ranimark Tano, and Ferdinand Lusdoc beat Titan 8, 19-16, to bag third place and the USD 1, 000 prize.
Organizers are happy with the turnout with 60 teams competing in this year’s event.
“This is a truly great experience for the local participants. They are really competitive and they are having a chance to compete with the best players in the world this year,” said SINA Sports manager of international business and strategic partnerships Roger Zhang.