Cardel is upbeat as Tiongson and De Thaey return to Terrafirma in opposition to Phoenix, who is gaining momentum

Nov 30, 2023

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MANILA, Philippines – Terrafirma is desperate to turn things around and get back approximately to its successful methods after suffering a crushing defeat the previous time out.

If the defending champion Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters were to block Dyip in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday within the Smart Araneta Coliseum, they would have to work very hard to do so. Their only goal is to extend their own mini-roll.

With a victory, Terrafirma would improve its record to 3 to 2, break free from its current tie with the dormant Tropang Giga, NLEX, and NorthPort, and help dispel the stigma associated with a 40-point transpiration to TNT last week.

Conversely, Phoenix hopes to win three in a row to secure a solo second-place ranking on a 4-1 card.

Juami Tiongson, a top gun, Thomas de Thaey, as well as Kemark Carino, who missed the TNT game because of illness or injury, are all expected to play, which gives Dyip coach Johnedel Cardel hope.

“Our lineup is complete for our game against Phoenix,” Cardel stated, mentioning De Thaey specifically. On November 18, the team narrowly defeated NLEX 113 to 112, but De Thaey’s groin injury forced team management to consider replacing him.

 “but he would nevertheless remain under the age of assessment. We remain keen to understand his performance as he completes the game.”

In order to stop Phoenix’s two dangerous post players, Jason Perkins and Jonathan Williams, the strong Belgian center will undoubtedly be needed. He averages 19.3 demonstrates as well as 11.67 rebounds.

Left-handed player Jonathan Williams has become a vital member of the Phoenix Fuel Masters in the ongoing PBA Commissioner’s Cup, putting up a strong showing with an average of 25.5 points and 6.0 assists per game. His defensive stats, which include 14 rebounds, 1.67 blocks, and 1.0 steals per game, are similarly impressive. Williams is essential to the team’s offensive production and defensive fortification.

Jason Perkins of Phoenix, who started the first two games averaging 5.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, has improved dramatically in the last two meetings. His average of 18.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in recent games is amazing and shows how his role on the team is changing.

The emphasis for both sides as they get ready for their next game is not just on the paint patrollers’ contributions, but also on the sharpshooters’ ability to release pressure and dish up important points. Phoenix’s shooting attack will be spearheaded by players such as Tyler Tio, RJ Jazul, and Sean Manganti, while Terrafirma will depend on the skills of Tiongson, Stephen Holt, and the enhanced Javi Gomez de Liano to produce results beyond the arc. As both sides look to earn a decisive victory in the Commissioner’s Cup, the interplay between these scorers and the paint contributors will be critical in deciding the game’s fate.

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