PBA Philippine Cup

Terrafirma tops Blackwater for first win in a year

Delfin Dioquino
Terrafirma tops Blackwater for first win in a year

CJ Perez. Photo from PBA Images

CJ Perez and Terrafirma pull out all the stops to arrest their slump, picking up their first win in the PBA Philippine Cup after a horrendous 0-7 start

Drought over.

Terrafirma finally picked up its first win in the PBA Philippine Cup after an inspiring 110-101 victory over Blackwater at the Angeles University Foundation in Pampanga on Friday, November 6.

CJ Perez led the way anew with 27 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 blocks as the Dyip breached the win column after losing their first 7 games in the All-Filipino conference.

Terrafirma lost a total of 10 straight games dating back to the Governors’ Cup last season and had not won a game for more than a year – with its last victory coming against Phoenix in October 2019.

But Perez and company pulled out all the stops to arrest their slump, surviving a vintage performance of 29 points and 7 rebounds from veteran KG Cañaleta for the struggling Elite.

Perez scored 9 points in the 4th quarter and got timely contributions from Juami Tiongson, who had 19 points and 4 steals, and rookie Roosevelt Adams, who churned out 20 points, 16 rebounds, and 2 steals.

Tiongson also finished with 9 fourth-quarter points, including the triple that gave the Dyip a commanding 108-101 lead with 1:15 minutes left.

JP Calvo and Eric Camson each delivered 11 points in the win, which gave Terrafirma a slim chance to make the quarterfinals, albeit its playoffs hopes reliant on the results of other teams.

Cañaleta kept Blackwater afloat as he scored half of their 20 fourth-quarter points, but he lacked help from his teammates in the final frame as the Elite crashed to their fifth straight loss for a 2-6 record.

Don Trollano churned out 16 points and 13 rebounds in the loss, while Roi Sumang added 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists.

The Scores

Terrafirma 110 – Perez 27, Adams 20, Tiongson 19, Calvo 11, Camson 11, Faundo 7, Khobuntin 4, Celda 4, Ramos 3, Cahilig 2, Balagasay 0, Agovida 0.

Blackwater 101 – Canaleta 29, Sumang 15, Trollano 16, Daquioag 12, Bello 10, Magat 8, Golla 4, Dennison 4, Tolomia 3, Dario 0, Escoto 0, Gabriel 0.

Quarters: 27-20, 54-45, 80-81, 110-101.

– 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.