ON the brink, the Terrafirma Dyip rose to the moment and carved out a 105-89 victory over the Alaska Milk Aces in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Don Honorio Ventura State U Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga Sunday.
The quartet of Rasham McCarthy, Juami Tiongson, Roosevelt Adams and Aldrech Ramos led Terrafirma's tough stand, and the Dyip avoided an outright elimination in snapping a three-game slump.
But with a closing 4-7 win-loss mark in the elims, the Dyip will still have to wait to know their fate.
They hope to figure in a tie at eighth for a possible playoff crack at the last quarterfinals berth.
But they will automatically bomb out if either or both the Barangay Ginebra Kings and the Alaska Milk Aces hit win No. 5.
Visibly drained playing a third match in as many days, the Aces suffered a second straight loss and dropped to 3-6.
McCarthy top scored with 19 points while Tiongson, Ramos and Adams made 17 apiece for the Dyip who played up-tempo against their exhausted rivals.
Reden Celda and Bon Bon Batiller contributed 11 each while Matt Ganuelas Rosser chipped in eight as Terrafirma pushed the ball hard at every opportunity, blasting the Aces, 17-0, on fastbreak points.
Down by three, 42-45, at the half, the Dyip rolled ahead in the third and sustained the momentum to claim the crucial win.
Abu Tratter scored 18 points and added nine rebounds while Rob Herndon came through with 15 markers and seven boards to pace the losing team. (SB)
Terrafirma 105 -- McCarthy 19, Adams 17, Tiongson 17, Ramos 17, Batiller 11, Celda 11, Ganuelas-Rosser 8, Gabayni 3,Calvo 2, Laput 0, Alolino 0, Cahilig 0, Camson 0, Balagasay 0.
Alaska 89 - Tratter 18, Herndon 15, Ahanmisi 14, CASIO 12, Brondial 12, Adamos 8, Teng 4, Digregorio 3, Banal 3, Ilagan 0, Browne 0, Ebona 0, Stockton 0, Marcelino 0, Publico 0.
Quarters: 24-21, 42-45, 79-75, 105-89