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Terrafirma spoils Blackwater's skid snapping with huge comeback

Antonio helped the Dyip steal the win from the Bossing. PBA Images
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Blackwater thought it will finally put an end to the PBA's longest losing streak ever.

But five minutes and 20 seconds was more than enough for Terrafirma to spoil the fun.

The Dyip mounted arguably the biggest late comeback so far in the PBA Governors' Cup to steal a 109-103 win away from the Bossing on Saturday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Terrafirma never gave up despite trailing for most of the contest as the team crawled back from 12 points down within the aforementioned timeframe to extend Blackwater's woes to 25 straight losses since 2020.

Following a 30-second timeout, the Dyip launched an 18-0 run that the Bossing could not snap despite calling two timeouts in succession as the former overturned an 84-96 lead to a 102-96 lead with 1:31 to play.

Blackwater finally got out of the drought with five straight points of its own to cut the lead down to one, 102-101, with 43.6 seconds left.

The team then had a chance to retake the lead after forcing Juami Tiongson to a heavily-contested jumper, but Antonio Hester grabbed the offensive rebound and made the putback plus the bonus free throw off a Jay Washington foul for a 105-101 Terrafirma cushion with 23.8 seconds remaining.

Jvee Casio scored a quick jumper with 21.1 seconds left, but his shot was ruled as a deep two-pointer as he was stepping on the three-point line and the Bossing were facing a 103-105 deficit.

JP Calvo scored two free throws off a quick Casio foul, while Hester iced the game for the Dyip with a steal and slam.

Hester finished with 41 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, three steals, and one block for Terrafirma, which moved up to 2-4, snapping a three-game slide.

Andreas Cahilig added 17 points, 10 rebounds, and two assists off the bench.

In his comeback game, Joshua Munzon put up 13 points with his last five the finishing touches in his team's game-deciding 18-0 blast.

Isaac Go was held scoreless in his PBA debut and had one rebound in six minutes of play.

Shawn Glover made 35 markers, 17 boards, and one dime for Blackwater, which fell to 0-6 in the conference.

Rey Suerte had a solid PBA debut, scoring 16 points and grabbing six rebounds, three assists, and one steal off the bench.

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