NLEX came back from the dead and stunned Mahindra, 12-10, for its second win in PBA Tag Heuer Women’s 3×3 Tournament Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Falling behind early, the Road Warriors staged a comeback behind Katherine Sandel to take a 10-8 lead in the last 29.8 seconds.
Jinky Balasta tied the game at 10, but Sandel once again scored on a drive to put her squad up, 11-10 with 16.3 left.
Cindy Resultay, however, turned the ball over, which would be capitalized by Almazan on an easy undergoal stab.
Anna Regina Buendia failed to force overtime for Mahindra as she missed her two-pointer at the buzzer.
Sandel led NLEX with six points, while Almazan had with four markers in the win.
Balasta topped the Enforcers with six points of her own, while Resultay got four.
In the second game, Julie Pearl Gula willed GlobalPort to a 13-12 victory over San Miguel.
Gula scored the final three points in the clutch for the Batang Pier to drop the Beermen for good. She finished with seven points.
Jasmine Tiu-Malto helped her with four markers in the win.
San Miguel leaned on Ayra Nil Hufanda and Denyse Jimenez’ five points apiece in the losing effort.
NLEX 12 – Sandel 6, Almazan 4, Bernardo 2, Ortega 0.
MAHINDRA 10 – Balasta 6, Resultay 4, Buendia 0, Kalingking 0.
GLOBALPORT 13 – Gula 7, Tiu-Malto 4, Santos 2, Sinsioco 0.
SAN MIGUEL 12 – Hufanda 5, Jimenez 5, Tan 1, Sia 1.