Dyip stun Beermen, force winner-take-all

Welcome to the PBA playoffs, where Stephen Holt and Terrafirma have just made a strong statement.

With a strong display of confidence, the eighth-seeded Dyip shocked the basketball world by defeating defending champion San Miguel with a score of 106-95, forcing a sudden death in their Season 48 Philippine Cup quarterfinal matchup.

Juami Tiongson showcased his scoring prowess with an impressive 29 points, supported by Holt’s 25 points and Isaac Go’s 22, putting the Dyip in a position to achieve one of the greatest upsets in PBA playoff history.

This potential upset is truly remarkable, especially considering the Beermen’s dominant performance in the eliminations and the Dyip’s struggle to secure a playoff spot for only the second time in franchise history.

Despite the monumental win, Coach Johnedel Cardel remains focused on the challenges ahead.

“Of course, it’s a different story. This is a champion team (San Miguel). So we’ll just do our part,” said Cardel.

“We’ll review the videos and analyze our mistakes rather than focusing solely on our successes.”

Main man June Mar Fajardo contributed 21 points and 16 rebounds for the Beermen, while CJ Perez added 20 points. The Beermen, favored to advance easily, were caught off guard by the Dyip’s sharpshooting from beyond the arc, with Go, Holt, and Tiongson leading the charge.

Go’s 6-for-11 shooting from three-point range, Holt’s 4-of-8 accuracy, and Tiongson’s clutch performance, including a memorable step-back three-pointer over Terrence Romeo, propelled the Dyip to a commanding lead of 102-91 with 2:32 remaining.

The potential upset brings back memories of when the eighth-seeded NorthPort eliminated NLEX in triple overtime five years ago, proving that anything can happen in the PBA playoffs.

The scores:

Terrafirma 106 -Tiongson 29, Holt 25, Go 22, Gomez de Liano 15, Cahilig 6, Ramos 4, Carino 3, Camson 2, Alolino 0, Sangalang 0.

San Miguel 95 – Fajardo 21, Perez 20, Cruz 11, Lassiter 10, Romeo 9, Tautuaa 8, Ross 5, Brondial 4, Trollano 4, Manuel 0.

Quarterscores: 27-26, 54-49, 82-73, 106-95.

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