PBA: Juami Tiongson thought game-winning 3 only forced OT

PBA: Juami Tiongson thought game-winning 3 only forced OT

/ 06:51 PM March 16, 2024

Juami Tiongson Terrafirma PBA

Terrafirma guard Juami Tiongson.–PBA IMAGES

MANILA, Philippines—There was something quite funny about Juami Tiongson’s game-winning shot to lift Terrafirma past Blackwater in the PBA Philippine Cup at Rizal Memorial Coliseum on Saturday.

Tiongson sank a clutch triple in front of Bossing guard RK Ilagan with 12 seconds left for a 92-91 win for the Dyip.

Tiongson, however, had no idea his shot put Terrafirma ahead thinking he had only tied the game.

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“Coach, I thought that was for overtime! That’s why I relaxed on defense, I thought we were down three,” said an exhausted Juami Tiongson in the press area before the post-game conference.

“Well, it went in anyway. Good shot,” said coach Johnedel Cardel with a laugh.

Prior to Tiongson’s heroics, Blackwater guard Rey Nambatac only managed to split his free throws to give Blackwater a 91-89 edge.

“I really thought we were down by three. That’s why I went for the three-point shot and when I made it, I celebrated a little bit then my teammates ran toward me,” explained Tiongson, who finished with 20 points, six rebounds and three assists.

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“I was thinking, ‘we still have overtime, right? Why are we celebrating?’ Then I was shocked that we already won. I really didn’t know.”

On a more serious note, Tiongson credited his clutch shot to his late grandmother, who passed away last year.

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“I knew she was there for me. I was praying to her because in the first half, I was struggling, I couldn’t make any shots, my decision-making was so bad so I prayed to her and she made it happen for me.”

In May of last year, Tiongson posted a heartfelt message for his departed grandmother on Instagram.

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“How lucky I am to have called you my Lola. Keep praying for me; I’ll miss you everyday,” wrote Tiongson.

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