ANTIPOLO – After posting the highest-scoring sport of his younger profession within the Philippine Basketball Affiliation (PBA), Javi Gomez de Liano believes securing a playoff spot is achievable for Terrafirma.
“We need to change the narrative of the group,” Gomez de Liano mentioned after the Dyip’s slender 113-112 win over the NLEX Street Warriors at Ynares Middle right here Saturday gave them a 2-1 (win-loss) document within the PBA The Commissioner’s Cup.
“I consider we are able to make the playoffs, however we now have to take it one sport at a time,” added the previous College of the Philippines standout, who confirmed indicators early within the convention to take his sport additional enhance after a single match. I did a stint in Japan and needed to cope with an adjustment interval final season as a rookie.
Gomez de Liano completed with 31 factors whereas prime decide Stephen Holt posted his greatest capturing efficiency en path to 21 factors as Terrafirma gained back-to-back video games for the primary time since successful three in a row in Bacolor, Pampanga, because the 2021 Philippine Cup was in a semi-bubble setup because of the pandemic.
The Dyip gained on Aldrech Ramos’ putback with 3.7 seconds left, breaking a 111 tie. Street Warriors import Thomas Robinson missed his second free throw in entrance of the horn, leaving Terrafirma wanting ahead to a Wednesday conflict with TNT on Wednesday.
“It exhibits the work ethic of the gamers,” mentioned Dyip coach Johnedel Cardel. “They actually wished to win this sport going into the massive sport towards TNT.”
An upset over TNT can be big for a group that has solely made the playoffs as soon as in franchise historical past. Terrafirma has recorded simply ten wins from its final 57 video games, a six-conference streak.
NLEX fell to 1-2 even when star Kevin Alas damage his left knee within the second quarter. The Street Warriors are awaiting MRI outcomes, however coach Frankie Lim mentioned their medical group suspects an ACL tear.