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Celebrating Comebacks: Magnolia's Dominance and Terafirma's Upset in the Historic Return of the PBA at Rizal Memorial Stadium

Calvin Abueva, Photo by PBA Media Bureau 

Magnolia unleashed a stunning display of dominance in their Philippine Cup opener, while Terafirma orchestrated a thrilling upset against Blackwater, marking a remarkable return of the PBA to the historic Rizal Memorial Stadium.


POWCAST Returns to PBA


As I make my comeback to covering the PBA, it feels like a nostalgic journey, reminiscent of the days when holding a phone during player interviews was a novelty. The return of the league to the Rizal Memorial Stadium, after decades, aligns perfectly with my return to the scene. Despite some criticisms, I appreciate the PBA's efforts to bring the games to various areas of Manila and the Philippines. Moreover, with upcoming games at the nearby Ninoy Aquino Stadium in April, the league's commitment to accessibility is commendable, and as a local resident, I am personally thrilled.


Pow Salud of Powcast Sports at PBA Games
Pow Salud of Powcast Sports at PBA Games



Game 1: Terafirma Dyip Stuns Blackwater Bossing (92-91)


Terafirma Dyip, historically at the bottom of the PBA hierarchy, defied expectations with a thrilling victory over Blackwater Bossing. Despite initial dominance by Blackwater, Terafirma, led by Tiongson and Holt, showcased resilience and determination. Tiongson's clutch play, securing the winning shot with mere seconds remaining, epitomized their newfound spirit. Stephen Holt's stellar performance earned him the well-deserved Player of the Game title, while Isaac Go's contributions were vital to Terafirma's triumph. The game revealed a renewed fire within the Terafirma camp, signaling potential for a turnaround season.


Scores:

TERRAFIRMA 92 - Holt 21, Tiongson 20, Go 17, Sangalang 8, Alolino 6, Gomez de Liano 6, Carino 5, Camson 4, Cahilig 3, Ramos 2, Calvo 0.

BLACKWATER 91 - Rosario 23, Ilagan 15, Suerte 12, Guinto 10, David 9, Nambatac 8, Tungcab 6, Hill 4, Yap 3, Escoto 0, Casio 0, Kwekuteye 0.


Stephen Holt 



Game 2: Magnolia Dominates Converge (106-75)


Magnolia's commanding performance against Converge showcased their veteran prowess. With Jalalon and Barroca leading the charge, Magnolia's cohesive teamwork stifled Converge's offense. Ian Sangalang's inside presence proved too much for Converge to handle, while Calvin Abueva's energetic display added depth to Magnolia's game. The win marked a resounding start to Magnolia's Philippine Cup campaign.


Scores:

MAGNOLIA 106 - Sangalang 17, Jalalon 14, Abueva 14, Barroca 12, Dela Rosa 8, Tartter 8, Lee 7, Laput 6, Ahanmisi 5, Escoto 4, Eriobu 3, Dionisio 2, Corpuz 2, Mendoza 0.

CONVERGE 75 - Arana 17, Stockton 15, Santos 13, Caralipio 8, Winston 8, Delos Santos 6, Maagdenberg 3, Fornilos 2, Nieto 2, Balanza 1.


The PBA action continues on March 17 with Phoenix Fuel Masters facing Rain or Shine at 3 PM, followed by San Miguel Beermen taking on TNT at 6:15 PM. Notably, the Manila Clasico is slated for March 31 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.



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Written by Pow Salud, Sports writer, podcaster and vlogger, email:  media@powcast.net

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