Juami Tiongson delivered once again for the Terrafirma Dyip as they took down the defending champion Barangay Ginebra San Miguel for the first time in franchise history, 95-90, in the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup at the DHVSU Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga on Friday, September 3.
Tiongson finished with a career-high 31 points on a very impressive 9-of-15 shooting from deep, eclipsing his previous career-best of 28 points, which he set in their previous outing against the San Miguel Beermen just two days ago.
“Just having faith, just trusting the work I put in the last months leading up to the opening of the season,” said the high-scoring guard Tiongson of his red-hot shooting for Terrafirma.
“And of course my teammates, they kept pushing me all throughout the game, they were looking for me and it wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for them,” he added.
After entering the second half with a slim five-point advantage, the Dyip shifted into high gear and went on a blazing 16-5 run to lead by as many as 16 points, 67-51, off a three-pointer by Tiongson with seven minutes remaining in the third period.
Ginebra managed to climb back and cut the deficit to just three, 93-90, off a Stanley Pringle three-pointer with seven seconds left in the game, but Tiongson shrugged off any hopes of a Ginebra comeback as he iced the game for Terrafirma with two free throws.
Eric Camson had 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Aldrech Ramos and Rashawn McCarthy added 11 and 10 markers, respectively, for the Dyip, who improved to 2-4 in the standings and remained unbeaten in the league’s resumption in Pampanga.
Christian Standhardinger topscored for Ginebra with 17 points, while Japeth Aguilar and LA Tenorio put up 16 and 14 points, respectively, as the defending champions dropped to 2-3 in the standings.
Terrafirma 95 – Tiongson 31, Camson 15, Ramos 11, McCarthy 10, Ganuelas-Rosser 7, Celda 5, Cahilig 5, Gabayni 5, Laput 2, Calvo 2, Batiller 2.
Ginebra 90 – Standhardinger 17, Aguilar 16, Tenorio 14, Thompson 12, Pringle 11, Caperal 11, Ayaay 5, Salado 2, Mariano 2, Dillinger 0, Tolentino 0, Enriquez 0.
Quarters: 22-24, 51-46, 78-65, 95-90.