|Juami Tiongson fired another career-best game as Terrafirma make it two wins in a row. PBA Media Bureau|
By Ricky Manliguis
MANILA—Terrafirma has claimed another major scalp in Bacolor. Blame that to Juami Tiongson.
Tiongson erupted with another torrid shooting performance as he towed the Dyip to a 95-90 stunner over Barangay Ginebra in Friday’s second game in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Don Honorio Ventura State U Gym.
Fresh from his 28-point performance in the Dyip’s overtime win over powerhouse San Miguel Wednesday, Tiongson fired a new career-high 31 this time around spiked on nine triples to guide his team to its second straight win after five consecutive setbacks.
And he did that against Ginebra, no less. Prior to this game, the Dyip has never beaten the defending champions in 17 previous tries.
The former Ateneo King Eagle orchestrated a fierce third-quarter charge as he had 12 of the Dyip’s 27 third-quarter points to turn a 51-46 halftime lead to a 75-68 bubble going into the final quarter.
Barangay Ginebra responded with an 11-0 run in the fourth, coming to within 85-88 on a Christian Standhardinger bucket with just 75 seconds left in the game.
Rashawn McCarthy answered back with his own triple off a Tiongson dish for 91-85, time down to 50 seconds. A Japeth Aguilar layup followed by an Eric Camson conversion then made it 93-87 Terrafirma with 17 ticks remaining.
Stanley Pringle then drilled a triple off their own timeout with ten ticks left, but it proved to be too late for Ginebra as Tiongson canned in two insurance free throws for the final count.
“I want to credit my players. Everyone who played here, gusto nila manalo, they worked hard. They played as a team. I give credit to all my coaches. They really worked hard,” said winning coach Johnedel Cardel.
“Wala akong masabi. This is a great game. Nagpapasalamat ako sa kanila.”
Tiongson also issued six assists, three steals, and three rebounds on 10-of-21 shooting from the field, with a 60% clip from downtown (nine-of-15). In all, the Dyip scored 17-of-41 from distance (41 percent).
Ginebra shot just nine triples the whole game.
Camson finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds for Terrafirma, which are missing the services of Roosevelt Adams and Joshua Munzon. Aldrech Ramos and McCarthy were the remaining double-figure providers with 11 and 10 markers, respectively.
Ginebra fell to a 2-3 card in its first game since July 30. Standhardinger led six Gins in double figures with 17 points and eight rebounds, while Aguilar issued 16 with six boards.
TERRAFIRMA 95—Tiongson 31, Camson 15, Ramos 11, McCarthy 10, Ganuelas-Rosser 7, Cahilig 5, Celda 5, Gabayni 5, Laput 2, Batiller 2, Calvo 2.
BARANGAY GINEBRA 90 – Standhardinger 17, J.Aguilar 16, Tenorio 14, Thompson 12, Pringle 11, Caperal 11, Ayaay 5, Mariano 2, Salado 2, Dillinger 0, Tolentino 0, Enriquez 0.
Quarterscores: 22-23, 51-46, 75-68, 95-90.