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‘Magic’ Tiongson propels Terrafirma to first win streak in 4 years

Delfin Dioquino
‘Magic’ Tiongson propels Terrafirma to first win streak in 4 years

BACK-TO-BACK WINS. Juami Tiongson and Terrafirma continue to pick up steam after starting the PBA Philippine Cup with four straight losses.

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Juami Tiongson eclipses his career-high in points for the second straight game as Terrafirma beats Barangay Ginebra for the first time in franchise history

Terrafirma took down two PBA giants in successive fashion and it is largely thanks to back-to-back brilliant performances from Juami Tiongson.

Red-hot since the Philippine Cup restart, Tiongson notched a career-high 31 points as Terrafirma beat Barangay Ginebra for the first time in franchise history with a shocking 95-90 win on Friday, September 3.

The veteran guard fired a franchise record nine three-pointers and added 6 assists, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals in an impressive follow-up game to his masterclass against San Miguel two days ago.

He credited his fine play to Terrafirma head coach Johnedel Cardel.

“[I]t would not be possible without coach John. He lets me do my thing. He lets me make mistakes, he lets me get creative,” Tiongson said in a mix of Filipino and English.

Terrafirma fell into a 0-4 hole to start the conference before it clinched its breakthrough win with a 110-104 stunner over former Philippine Cup titlist San Miguel.

In that game, Tiongson scored a then-career-high 28 points on 4-of-9 shooting from long range to go with 7 assists, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals.

Although already a marked man against the Gin Kings, the Ateneo product imposed his will to steer the Dyip to their first consecutive wins since 2017.

Still, Tiongson refused to take full credit for their resurgence.

“Everyone did their part, everyone did their role and it would not be possible if it were not for them,” Tiongson said.

Tiongson and Terrafirma look to stretch their winning streak on Sunday, September 5, against hapless Blackwater, which resides at the bottom of the standings with a 0-6 card. – Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.