Manila West stuns Doha, cops FIBA 3x3 World Tour Manila Masters title

No less than Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan and SM chief Hans Sy awarded the trophy and medal to the local champions.

With barely four days of practice, the Manila West cagers were likewise able to avenge their 17-21 loss in the preliminaries last Saturday to the Qataris, the reigning FIBA 3x3 world champions, who settled for the runner-up purse of $5,000 (P215,000).

They also earned a spot in the Tokyo competition.

Pangilinan, who watched the game from the VIP box, must also be pleased that three of Manila West players come from PBA squads that belong to the MVP group of companies: Canaleta (Talk ‘N Text), Guevarra (Meralco) and Ramos (NLEX). Romeo plays for Globalport.

The Manila West cagers  assured  themselves of a grudge rematch with the Qataris after rallying past Jakarta, 18-14,  in the semifinals.

Canaleta and Guevarra  worked on the inside in teaming up for 11 points for the win.

Doha just worked hard enough in dumping Surabaya, 20-15, In the other semifinal match.

It reached the semis by whipping the Calvin Abueva-led Manila North, 21-8, with a little over three minutes left in the match.

The Qataris did their damage from beyond the arc with Mohammad “Big Mo” Mohammad converting five straight two-pointers to break the game wide open 17-7 with 4:31 still to go.

Team Manila West , on the other hand, banked on the endgame heroics of Romeo in eliminating Auckland of New Zealand, 14-9, in the quarters earlier. -