DESPITE falling short of top honors in Leg 5, the TnT Tropang Giga have put a lock on No. 1 spot with one leg to spare in the race for places in the PBA 3x3 Third Conference Grand Finals.
With 420 tour points built around three triumphs, a seventh place standing and last week's runner-up finish, the Tropang Giga have established an unassailable margin against closest pursuer Meralco 3x3 (305 points) going to the sixth and final leg this weekend.
San Miguel Beer, fresh from its Leg 5 triumph at the expense of TnT, jacked up its record to 268 for No. 3 followed by the Cavitex Braves with their 263.
In pursuit of the Top 4 are Platinum Karaoke (255), Purefoods TJ Titans (254), Terrafirma (232) and Barangay Ginebra (214).
First Conference champion Limitless App (183) and Sista Super Sealers (126) occupy ninth and 10th with struggling Second Conference titlist Pioneer Pro Tibay (103), Master Sardines (95), NorthPort (77) and Zamboanga Valientes (70) knon their tails.
The 14 squads resume their chase for the 10 seats to the Grand Finals in Leg 6 set Saturday and Sunday at Robinsons Place Manila.
Aside from the P100,000, P50,000 and P30,000 on the line for the Leg 6 winner, runner-up and third-placer, respectively, the combatants will be fighting it out for precious points 100 (first), 80 (second), 70 (third), 60 (fourth), 50 (fifth), 45 (sixth), 40 (seventh), 35 (eighth), 20 (ninth), 18 (10th), 16 (11th), 14 (12th), 12 (13th) and 11 (14th). (OL)