ANTIPOLO—After posting the most effective scoring sport of his younger Philippine Basketball Affiliation (PBA) profession, Javi Gomez de Liano believes that getting a playoff spot is attainable for Terrafirma.
“We need to change the narrative of the staff,” Gomez de Liano mentioned after the Dyip’s slender 113-112 win over the NLEX Street Warriors at Ynares Middle right here on Saturday gave them a 2-1 (win-loss) report within the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
“I consider that we will make the playoffs, however now we have to take it one sport at a time,” added the previous College of the Philippines standout, who early within the convention has proven indicators of elevating his sport additional after a one-and-done stint in Japan and coping with an adjustment interval as a rookie final season.
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Gomez de Liano completed with 31 factors whereas high total decide Stephen Holt produced his finest capturing efficiency on the way in which to 21 factors as Terrafirma gained back-to-back matches for the primary time since successful three straight in Bacolor, Pampanga, when 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 that broke a 111-all tie. Street Warriors import Thomas Robinson missed his second free throw earlier than the horn, leaving Terrafirma wanting ahead to a Wednesday conflict with TNT on Wednesday.
“It reveals the work ethic of the gamers,” mentioned Dyip coach Johnedel Cardel. “They actually wished to win this sport going into the large sport towards TNT.”
An upset over TNT can be enormous for a staff that has made the playoffs solely as soon as in franchise historical past. Terrafirma had simply 10 wins out of the final 57 video games, a stretch of six conferences.
NLEX fell to 1-2 whilst star Kevin Alas damage his left knee through the second quarter. The Street Warriors are ready for the MRI outcomes, however coach Frankie Lim mentioned their medical staff suspects an ACL tear.