Fri. Apr 19th, 2024

Javi Gomez de Liaño. PBA IMAGES

ANTIPOLO—After posting one of the best scoring recreation 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 group,” Gomez de Liano stated after the Dyip’s slender 113-112 win over the NLEX Highway Warriors at Ynares Heart 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 we have now to take it one recreation at a time,” added the previous College of the Philippines standout, who early within the convention has proven indicators of elevating his recreation additional after a one-and-done stint in Japan and coping with an adjustment interval as a rookie final season.

Gomez de Liano completed with 31 factors whereas prime general decide Stephen Holt produced his finest taking pictures efficiency on the way in which to 21 factors as Terrafirma gained back-to-back matches for the primary time since profitable three straight in Bacolor, Pampanga, when the 2021 Philippine Cup was in a semi-bubble setup because of the pandemic.

Profitable putback

The Dyip gained on Aldrech Ramos’ putback with 3.7 seconds left that broke a 111-all tie. Highway Warriors import Thomas Robinson missed his second free throw earlier than the horn, leaving Terrafirma trying ahead to a Wednesday conflict with TNT on Wednesday.

“It reveals the work ethic of the gamers,” stated Dyip coach Johnedel Cardel. “They actually needed to win this recreation going into the massive recreation in opposition to TNT.”

An upset over TNT could be large for a group 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 Highway Warriors are ready for the MRI outcomes, however coach Frankie Lim stated their medical group suspects an ACL tear.

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