Dyip’s Playoff Aspirations Surge After Back-to-Back Victories
After posting the best scoring game of his young Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) career, Javi Gomez de Liano believes that getting a playoff spot is attainable for Terrafirma. Gomez de Liano said after the Dyip’s narrow 113-112 win over the NLEX Road Warriors at Ynares Center here on Saturday gave them a 2-1 (win-loss) record in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Gomez de Liano finished with 31 points while top overall pick Stephen Holt produced his best shooting performance on the way to 21 points as Terrafirma won back-to-back matches for the first time since winning three straight in Bacolor, Pampanga, when the 2021 Philippine Cup was in a semi-bubble setup due to the pandemic.
The Dyip won on Aldrech Ramos’ putback with 3.7 seconds left that broke a 111-all tie. Road Warriors import Thomas Robinson missed his second free throw before the horn, leaving Terrafirma looking forward to a Wednesday clash with TNT on Wednesday.
An upset over TNT would be huge for a team that has made the playoffs only once in franchise history. Terrafirma had just 10 wins out of the last 57 games, a stretch of six conferences.