PBA: Terrafirma downs Alaska

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 19) – Terrafirma Dyip made sure to close its 2021 PBA Philippine Cup elimination round with a win by defeating the Alaska Aces, 105-89, on Sunday at the DHVSU Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.

Terrafirma finished with a 4-7 record and still has a slim statistical chance to grab the No. 8 seed in the playoffs.

Rashawn McCarthy topscored for the Dyip with 19 points while Juami Tiongson, Aldrech Ramos, and Roosevelt Adams each chipped in 17 points for the big win.

"We just wanted to get this win because you'll never know, this game might be crucial down the road and we can still be in the playoffs," said Tiongson.

The two squads exchanged leads in the first half, which saw Alaska hold a 45-42 advantage at halftime.

The tit-for-tat baskets continued in the third quarter, but Terrafirma started to pull away in the fourth quarter as they outscored their opponents, 26-14.

The Dyip had an impressive shooting night, making 51% of their field goals against the 39% of the Aces. They also missed only one free-throw attempt in their 18 trips to the charity stripe.

"I don't wanna end up this elimination (round) with a loss. We took advantage of Alaska's three straight games but we still had a hard time on the court. Hopefully, we're given the chance to play in the playoffs," Terrafirma head coach Johnedel Cardel said.

Abu Tratter led the Aces again in scoring with 18 points and nine boards, while fellow big man Rodney Brondial notched double-double figures of 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Alaska, which now has a 3-6 record, has only won one out of three games since returning to the hardcourt from the league’s health-related protocols.

The Scores:

TERRAFIRMA 105 – McCarthy 19, Tiongson 17, Ramos 17, Adams 17, Batiller 11, Celda 11, Ganuelas-Rosser 8, Calvo 2, Gabayni 0, Laput 0, Camson 0

ALASKA 89 – Tratter 18, Herndon 15, Ahanmisi 14, Brondial 12, Casio 12, Adamos 8, Teng 4, DiGregorio 3, Banal 3, Ilagan 0, Ebona 0, Marcelino 0

Quarterscores: 24-21, 42-45, 79-75, 105-89