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PBA: Jordan the better Williams as Terrafirma beats Blackwater


Jordan Williams emerged triumphant in an epic duel against the debuting Troy Williams to lift Terrafirma past Blackwater, 119-106, for their second win in the PBA Governors’ Cup, Thursday evening at the SMART Araneta Coliseum.

The 32-year-old erupted for a conference-record 57 points, none bigger than his three-pointer for a 112-101 lead with 1:45 left to play to strike the dagger as the Dyip went on to hike their record to .500 for the first time since 2019.

Williams also chalked up 11 rebounds and five assists in getting the best of the former NBA cager, who finished with 55 markers and 14 boards with five dimes as well but committed nine of the Bossing’s 18 turnovers.

“It was a great game from both of us, of course,” said Williams. “I know coming in he was gonna be aggressive.

“He’s an NBA player so he knows what he’s doing out there. Myself, I have confidence every time I step on the court. I feel like I can play with anybody, so, I wasn’t worried about the game today, I felt like we’re gonna win.”

Therrafirma did win to go up to no. 7 in the standings (2-2) but Williams didn’t do everything by his lonesome as he also received help from the locals.

Juami Tiongson fired 27 points, seven rebounds, and five assists, while Eric Camson supplied 17 markers and nine boards.

Camson, who’s been one of their more consistent providers this conference with norms of 13.3 points and 7.0 caroms prior, scored nine of his output in the final period as he helped Williams keep the opposition at bay.

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“‘Yun naman sinasabi ko sa kanila, Give us a chance to coach you in the fourth quarter na pwede kaming manalo,” said head coach Johnedel Cardel.

The Dyip will now turn their attention to Saturday’s game against TNT (4:30 p.m.) at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay in what should be an exciting matchup between Williams and Jalen Hudson, who dropped 56 against Converge.

Meanwhile, JVee Casio had 14 points while RK Ilagan fired 11 for Blackwater, who absorbed its third consecutive loss and fell to 1-3.

The two guards tried to spark their side’s last-ditch comeback with the young gunner nailing a three to slice the gap to 104-100 with 4:02 left, but Terrafirma finished the game with a 15-2 assault behind Williams and Camson.

Ato Ular added 10 markers and 12 boards for Blackwater, who will take on Greg Smith II and Rain or Shine on Sunday, 4:30 p.m. also at the MoA Arena.

The Scores:

Terrafirma 119 – J.Williams 57, Tiongson 27, Camson 17, Gomez de Liano 5, Cabagnot 5, Cahilig 3, Daquioag 2, Calvo 2, Gabayni 1, Alolino 0, Ramos 0.

Blackwater 106 – T.Williams 55, Casio 14, Ilagan 11, Ular 10, Banal 5, Torralba 5, Rosario 2, Sena 2, Hill 2, McCarthy 0, Amer 0, DiGregorio 0, Taha 0.

Quarterscores: 30-14, 53-46, 80-72, 119-106

The second game of each PBA gameday is live-streamed on SMART Sports.

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