It was up to TERRAFIRMA to lament the One That Got Away.
Juami Tiongson was unable to help the Dyip accomplish what might have been a significant turnaround versus Magnolia as they ultimately lost a heartbreaking 121-115 overtime game in the PBA Governors Cup on Saturday at the Philsports Arena.
Feeling bad is an understatement for Dyip, who had a lead of up to 15 points, 107-92, in the final five minutes before witnessing the Hotshots launch an incredible comeback.
In a sense, Tiongson thought the Dyip over-celebrated when they had a 15-point lead over Magnolia in the fourth quarter thanks to import Jordan Williams’ explosive play.
Everyone was upset, stated the most improved player from the previous campaign.
Williams scored a game-high 45 points, and Tiongson led the local Dyip with 19 points, four rebounds, and four assists despite shooting 1-of-7 from outside the arc.
A victory might have given Terrafirma a slim chance to advance to the quarterfinals.
Nonetheless, the franchise’s season ended with the defeat.
Yet not every loss is detrimental. In this situation, there are lessons to be had.
After the disappointing loss, the mood inside the team dugout was upbeat, according to Coach John Cardel, who also said that the team competed all the way to the end.
After falling behind by 15 points in the fourth quarter, the Hotshots fought back to force overtime before Mark Barroca and Calvin Abueva took control to prevent a huge upset.
The Hotshots improved their record to 6-4 and maintained their hopes of finishing in the Top 4.
After import Jordan Williams waxed hot from the floor with 4:39 left, Terrafirma led 107-92 and seemed like it may break its six-season losing run to Magnolia.
It still had an eight-point advantage going into the final two minutes, but it lost because Dyip was unable to counteract the pressure defense of the Hotshots.
The Hotshots’ import Antonio Hester scored the final four points of the game, which was being played against his previous team, to equal the score at 110 and force overtime.
For Terrafirma, Juami Tiongson got the opportunity to attempt a game-winning shot, but his long throw to hit the clock barely touched the rim.
With 15 of his 40 points coming in the fourth quarter to keep Magnolia in the game and adding 17 rebounds, Hester carried the Hotshots on his wide shoulders.
Paul Lee, Mark Barroca, and Calvin Abueva all finished with 16, while there were also 17 rebounds for Calvin Abueva
Williams scored 45 points to lead the Dyip, including nine straight baskets at one point in the fourth quarter when Terrafirma looked like it would start to pull away.
The Dyip, who lost their sixth game in a row to fall to 2-8, scored 19 more points from Tiongson, and big man Eric Camson contributed 11 points and nine rebounds.
Magnolia (121) – Hester 40, Lee 16, Abueva 16, Barroca 15, Jalalon 13, Dionisio 8, Wong 6, Escoto 0, Reavis 0, Laput 0, Mendoza 0, Dela Rosa 3, Corpuz 3 Terrafirma (115) – J.Williams 45, Tiongson 19, Camson 11, Cabagnot 10, Ferrer 8, Daquioag 7, Alolino 2, Calvo 2, Ramos 0, Cahilig 5, Gabayni 4