Proving that they have the never-say-die spirit running in their veins, Team Caguioa emerged as the champions of the Cama-rines Sur leg of the 2017 PBA Ginebra San Miguel 3-on-3 Basketball Tourna-ment in dramatic fashion, topping Team Slaughter, 15- 13, last Friday.
With the game tied at 13 with 11 seconds left, Gawyn Fernandez drained the gamewinning two-pointer from the right corner to seal the victory and earn their ticket to the National Finals.
The 6-foot-3 Fernan-dez powered Team Caguioa with nine points, as he was joined by Dan Michael Martin, Daniell Martin Uy, and Raphael Jude De Vera in the squad. It was a joyful occasion which attracted troves of fans in Cala-banga, the third biggest town in Camarines Sur’s third district, and even saw Vice President Leni Rob-redo grace the event.
Also among the VIPs who attended were Mayor Eduardo Severo, Ginebra San Miguel Area Sales Manager for South Luzon Jaime Factor, Marketing Manager Mr. Ronald Rudolf Molina, Ginebra San Miguel Brand Mana-ger Paolo Jose Tupaz, Territory Sales Manager Silver Zafranco and PBA deputy for basketball ope-rations Eric Castro, and Sports Coordinator Edpher Brojan.
The week prior, Team Aguilar lorded in Sariaya, Quezon as Kenneth Mer-cado, Jervin Deduyo, Vir-gilio VJ Serios, and Jun-mark Silvarez dominated Team Tenorio, 21-10, in the Finals at Computer Sys-tems Technological College Gym.
Those winning squads hiked the National Finalists to 12, with four more regio-nal tiffs set in La Union, Davao, Cebu and Taclo-ban in August.
Once the field of 16 “Ganado Sa Buhay” teams are complete, they will all move on to the knockout National Finals on Septem-ber 1, to be held at SM Megamall Activity Center with games and surprises.
The last two teams standing will move on to the semi-finals and the championship game, to be held on September 3 at halftime of a Manila Classico Game (Barangay Ginebra San Miguel vs. Hot Shots) at Smart Araneta Coliseum on September 3, with the 2017 PBA Ginebra San Miguel 3-on-3 National Champion taking home the P50,000 cash prize, a trophy, and Ginebra San Miguel products.
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