ANTIPOLO – Juami Tiongson refuses to take a step again, despite the fact that Terrafirma already has items that embrace the highest total choose within the draft and a gaggle of newcomers.
“My teammates are all the time watching me,” Tiongson mentioned after his 25 factors lifted the Dyip to a 97-87 win over Blackwater for his or her first win of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday at Ynares Heart right here.
“Generally it involves a mistake as a result of I simply power my play offensively, which will be detrimental. However I am nonetheless proud that they discovered me,” added Tiongson, whose performances are a sign that the veteran guard stays Terrafirma’s principal man even with the arrival of Stephen Holt, who has been billed because the savior of the group.
However Tiongson expressed confidence that he would have sufficient assist, and the way in which the Dyip carried out in splitting the primary two matches of the match is indicative.
Sophomore ahead Javi Gomez de Liaño and rookie heart Kemark Carino, two gamers with earlier expertise in Japan’s B.League, delivered strong performances that may give coach Johnedel Cardel motive to be looking forward to the remainder of the convention.
Holt as soon as once more struggled offensively, however his rebounding and help manufacturing, plus regular defensive duties, stay probably the most spectacular factor in regards to the well-traveled PBA neophyte.
Combining that, Terrafirma was capable of take management of the match earlier than holding onto the lead and rebounding from Friday’s 108-103 loss to NorthPort.
Tiongson had the most important possibilities of the sport, together with a three-point play after making a tough shot following a foul from the free-throw line, giving the Dyip a 93-80 lead with simply over two minutes remaining.
Gomez de Liaño, wanting to bounce again from what he additionally admitted was a tough rookie season, had 17 factors and 5 rebounds, whereas Carino confirmed his versatility and size with 10 factors and 9 rebounds.
Import Thomas de Thaey recorded 15 factors and 12 rebounds, whereas Holt had seven rebounds and 5 assists, as he now works to enhance his seven-point output at a 2-for-6 clip on Saturday when Terrafirma faces NLEX on the similar venue.
Blackwater, which underwent an enormous facelift beginning with the hiring of Jeffrey Cariaso as coach, fell to 1-2 after a second straight setback.
Import Chris Ortiz had simply 15 factors and 11 rebounds in main the Bossing.