Terrafirma avoided an outright elimination and kept its quarterfinals hopes alive – although barely – after beating Alaska, 105-89, on Sunday in the 46th season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup at the Don Honorio Ventura State University (DHVSU) Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.
The Dyip snapped a three-game skid and finished their elims campaign with a 4-7 win-loss record, enough to give Terrafirma a chance to vie for a playoff in case of a tie at the eighth spot.
But the Dyip’s fate is already out of their hands as they need to pray hard that Alaska and Barangay Ginebra won’t reach win no. 5 to force a sudden death for a crack at the last quarterfinals seat.
Rashawn McCarthy score 19 points to lead Terrafirma while Roosevelt Adams, Aldrech Ramos and Juami Tiongson posted 17 markers each.
Adams and BonBon Batiller orchestrated Dyip’s decisive 10-0 blast in the closing minute of the third until early in the payoff period to shake of Aces.
Terrafirma controlled the game from there as they kept a safe distance from the visibly drained Alaska squad, which played its third game in as many days.
The Aces absorbed their second straight defeat and dropped to a 3-6 slate.
Abu Tratter had 18 points while Rob Herndon finished with 15 for Alaska.
TERRAFIRMA (105) — McCarthy 19, Adams 17, Ramos 17, Tiongson 17, Batiller 11, Celda 11, Ganuelas-Rosser 8, Gabayni 3, Calvo 2, Camson 0, Cahilig 0.
ALASKA (89) — Tratter 18, Herndon 15, Ahanmisi 14, Brondial 12, Casio 12, Adamos 8, Teng 4, Banal 3, Digregorio 3, Ebona 0, Ilagan 0, Marcelino 0.
Quarters: 24-21, 42-45, 79-72, 105-89