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Juami Tiongson had proven that Terrafirma’s run was no fluke.
Ranged against a powerhouse Barangay Ginebra San Miguel squad, Tiongson and the Dyip were at their best as they pulled off a shocking 95-90 win in the 46th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup Friday at the Don Honorio Ventura State University (DHVSU) in Bacolor, Pampanga.
Tiongson was simply impressive firing a career-high 31 points on a sizzling 9-of-15 shooting from the three-point area with six assists and three rebounds for the Dyip, who punched their second win in six outings.
The victory came at the heels of Terrafirma’s masterful conquest of San Miguel Beer, 110-104, at the resumption of this pandemic-delayed all-Filipino tournament last Thursday.
It was also the first-ever win by Terrafirma over the Ginebra in 16 games and its first back-to-back victory in franchise history since the Commissioner’s Cup in 2017.
Eric Camson also put up another double-double performance of 15 points and 13 rebounds while Aldrech Ramos added 11 markers, five boards and two assists for the Dyip, who dropped a conference-high 17 three-point bombs.
“I guess it’s just through God’s grace, just having faith and trusting the work I put in the last month leading up to the opening of the season,” said Tiongson, the hot-shooting former Ateneo star who registered a franchise record in three-pointers made.
“We’re no longer predictable in offense. Everyone also did their role and it won’t be possible without our teammates.”
Christian Standhardinger nailed 17 points while Japeth Aguilar fired 16 markers and six rebounds for the Kings, who had no match to the hot-shooting Dyip down the stretch that led to their third loss in five games.
Magnolia recovered from its shocking loss, hammering a dominant 94-78 win over struggling Blackwater in the first game.
The Hotshots improved their record to 5-1, thanks to a second-half barrage led by its rock-solid core of Mark Barroca, Ian Sangalang, Paul Lee and Calvin Abueva.
Barocca and Sangalang tallied 16 points apiece while Lee backstopped his efforts with 15 points and five rebounds.
Abueva powered another double-double output of 15 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals while rookie Jerrick Ahanmisi was impressive with 12 markers and three boards in the game.
Magnolia coach Chito Victolero said he was impressed with how his wards handled the game, especially coming from a heartbreaking 94-95 loss against Meralco late Wednesday.
“We were very sad and frustrated after our game (against Meralco), we had good and bad experiences from it,” Victolero said.
“I think we were able to do what we wanted today, we pressured the ball and we created a lot of turnovers.”
The Hotshots revved up its second half offense as Barroca and Ahanmisi connived for a 17-5 run that extended their gap to 13 points, 70-57, less than a minute left in the third canto.
Lee caught fire in the fourth quarter and unleashed nine straight points to keep the Bossing at bay, 78-62, with 10:18 remaining in the game.
Mike Tolomia and Kelly Nabong tried to pump life into the Bossing as they cut the deficit to within 10, 87-77, in the final three-minute mark, but couldn’t get the job done down the stretch.
Magnolia (94) -Barroca 16, Branch 16, Abueva 14, Ahanmisi 7, Lee 15, Jalalon 7, Corpuz 6, Brill 2, Dela Rosa 4, Reavis 2, Pascual 0.
Blackwater (78) -Nabong 19, Tolomia 16, Amer 9, Daquioag 8, Paras 6, Cruz 6, Channel 6, Enciso 5, Escoto 2, Golla 1, Desiderio 0, Dennison 0, Torralba 0
Quarters: 22-26, 44-41,70-57,94-78.
Terrafirma (95) – Tiongson 31, Camson 15, Ramos 11, McCarthy 10, Ganuelas-Rosser 7, Cahilig 5, Celda 5, Gabayni 5, Laput 2, Calvo 2, Batiller 2.
Ginebra (90) – Standhardinger 17, J. Aguilar 16, Tenorio 14, Thompson 12, Pringle 11, Caperal 11, Ayaay 5, Mariano 2, Salado 2, Tolentino 0, Enriquez 0.
Quarters: 22-23, 51-46, 78-65, 95-90.