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Terrafirma rides Tiongson streak, shocks San Miguel

JR Isaga
Terrafirma rides Tiongson streak, shocks San Miguel

UPSET. Juami Tiongson and Terrafirma turn the game around just in time against Cjay Perez and San Miguel.

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Even minus top players Joshua Munzon and Roosevelt Adams, Terrafirma stuns the ultra-stacked San Miguel Beermen behind Juami Tiongson

The Terrafirma Dyip defied all odds in their 2021 PBA Philippine Cup restart debut, and ran away with a massive 110-104 overtime upset win against the San Miguel Beermen at the DHVSU Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga on Wednesday, September 1.

Terrafirma snapped a four-game losing streak for a hard-earned breakthrough win at 1-4, while the ultra-stacked Beermen slipped to fifth place with a 3-2 record.

With Joshua Munzon and Roosevelt Adams both unavailable for this game, Juami Tiongson had the game of his life in their stead, and finished with a career-high 28 points, and team-highs of 7 assists and 3 steals.

Aldrech Ramos backstopped his effort with 17 markers and 8 rebounds on 7-of-11 shooting, while Joseph Gabayni powered the bench mob with an 11-point, 15-board double-double.

After being down by as many as 14 points, 61-75, at the start of the fourth quarter, the Dyip zoomed back within striking distance, and actually tied things up, 95-all, with 44 seconds left off a Tiongson mid-range jumper.

As both teams failed to capitalize on their final possessions in regulation, Tiongson and the returning Terrence Romeo then traded bombs in the extra period before Terrafirma made crucial stops, and slowly built its lead off clutch free throws.

After Chris Ross missed a contested layup with 37 seconds left, Eric Camson calmly sealed the deal with two charities after a big rebound for the 107-102 lead.

“San Miguel is a very, very tough team. But the players and coaches maintained the focus on defense. The offense was also patient,” said head coach Johnedel Cardel.

“They changed their attitude [after the third quarter], they played full court defense. The patience is there, and that’s why we were able to catch up.”

Romeo also had a game-high 28 points in the stunning loss to go with 6 rebounds and 6 assists, while Arwind Santos chipped in 19 markers, 9 boards, and a game-high 4 blocks.

Six-time reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo also got to work just two weeks after the tragic loss of his mother, and churned out an 18-point, 12-board double-double along with 3 dimes and 3 swats.

Terrafirma now aims to build much-needed momentum with another huge upset against the reigning Philippine Cup champion Barangay Ginebra on Friday, September 3, at 3 pm.

Meanwhile, San Miguel will try to get its bearings back on Saturday, September 4, at 4:35 pm against the Alaska Aces.

The Scores

Terrafirma 110 – Tiongson 28, Ramos 17, Camson 13, Gabayni 11, McCarthy 10, Cahilig 9,  Ganuelas-Rosser 7, Celda 6, Batiller 5, Laput 4, Calvo 0.

San Miguel 104 – Romeo 28, Santos 19, Fajardo 18, Tautuaa 11, Ross 10, Perez 10, Lassiter 5, Gotladera 3, Pessumal 0, Zamar 0, Gamalinda 0.

Quarters: 19-16, 42-40, 61-75, 95-95 (reg.), 110-104 (OT).

– Rappler.com

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