TNT guns for a back-to-back leg title in the PBA 3×3 Lakas Ng Tatlo Conference 2 as it opens its campaign against San Miguel at the kick-off of the second leg Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Tropang Giga battles the Beermen in the second of another heavy-16-game schedule in Day 1 of the standalone tournament that resumes after giving way to the country’s hosting of the 2023 FIBA World Cup Manila qualifiers.
Fresh from their Leg 1 conquest where they beat the Meralco Bolts for the title, the Tropang Giga will again parade the quartet of Almond Vosotros, Samboy De Leon, Lervin Flores, and big man Mark Acuno in their bid for a second straight leg championship and the prize money worth P100,000 that goes with it.
The team is looking for a fourth leg crown dating back to the First Conference.
TNT is bunched with San Miguel, Sista, and guest teams Master Sardines and Pioneer Pro Tibay in Pool A.
Pioneer takes on Sista in the opening game set at 8 a.m.
Meanwhile, Leg 1 runner up Meralco banners Pool B along with Platinum Karaoke, Purefoods TJ Titans, and Terrafirma 3×3.
Rejuvenated Barangay Ginebra leads Pool C together with NorthPort, Cavitex, and first conference grand champion Limitless App.
After the TNT-San Miguel game at 8:25 a.m., the Bolts face the Dyip next, followed by Barangay Ginebra against Limitless App, and then Pioneer opposite Master Sardines in its debut game.
Platinum Karaoke and Purefoods clash against each other in their first outing, while NorthPort plays fellow debutant in Cavitex.
Six more games will be held Sunday morning to conclude the pool play, followed by the knockout stage featuring the eight surviving teams.
The top three teams in Pool A progress to the next round, along with the top two in Pools B and C, while the remaining quarterfinals berth will be disputed in a winner-take-all match by the nos. 3 teams in Pools B and C, respectively.