Juami Tiongson took the scoring cudgels for injury-hit Terrafirma as the Dyip rallied to a breakthrough 110-104 overtime upset of San Miguel Beer in the PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at the Don Honorio Ventura State U Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.
Tiongson sizzled with a career-high 28 points on a 10-of-41 marksmanship (47.6 percent), rifling in the big buckets that keyed the Dyip’s fightback from a 16-point deficit in the fourth and their mighty stand in the extension period.
The 30-year-old sniper made 10 in the fourth period, including the game-tying jumper, and added five in OT spiked by a booming trey that gave Terrafirma a 104-100 cushion going to the last two minutes.
Tiongson, who went four-of-nine from beyond the arc and had seven assists and three steals in nearly 40 minutes of action, deflected the credit.
“Everyone stepped up – from the players to the coaching staff,” he said.
In beating San Miguel, the Dyip spoiled the 28-point explosion of Terrence Romeo in his return from a knee injury. They also put one over former player CJ Perez, who finished with 10 in his first game against his old squad.
Arwind Santos (19-9) and June Mar Fajardo (18-12) backstopped Romeo in SMB side, which saw its three-game win streak snapped. The Beermen slipped to 3-2.