Here are the live scores, updates, and results of the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup between the TNT Tropang Giga and the Terrafirma Dyip, scheduled on July 17, 2021, at 2:00 PM.
While these two teams are not among the typical suspects, matches between lower-ranked squads may be thrilling, especially when they fight tooth and nail to avoid finishing last.
This season, though, things may be different, as both Terrafirma and NorthPort have some noteworthy pieces in their rosters.
The game between the Dyip’s Joshua Munzon and the Batang Pier’s Jamie Malonzo, the first and second picks in the last PBA Draft, will be very interesting. Youngblood is injected into the hearts of teams every year to either kickstart or renew them, and these two individuals could be just what Terrafirma and NorthPort need to increase their chances in the league.
Munzon is a former Cal State Los Angeles standout who was drafted first overall by Terrafirma after competing in the international and domestic 3×3 circuits. Terrafirma will have a new look after the Dyip made a blockbuster trade with San Miguel, obtaining Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, Gelo Alolino, Russel Escoto, and the No. 8 pick in the draft, which was utilized to sign big man James Laput.
The Dyip also overhauled Johnedel Cardel’s coaching staff with former La Salle coach Gian Nazario and ex-player Ronald Tubid being added, while team manager Joe Lipa and assistant coach Raymond Tiongco were retained.
Meanwhile, with his stature and athleticism, Malonzo is expected to quickly become a member of Coach Pido Jarencio’s rotation in the Batang Pier.
The 6-foot-6 forward, who established himself as a solid two-way winger during his one-year tenure with La Salle, gives some extra length to a frontcourt that already includes Greg Slaughter, Sean Anthony, and Troy Rike.
Malonzo, a member of the UAAP Season 82 Mythical Team is also viewed as one of the players that can help cover the void left by former BPC Christian Standhardinger, who was moved to Ginebra for the 7-foot Slaughter.
Malonzo is indeed an interesting addition to the ball club’s youth corps, which also includes Robert Bolick, Renzo Subido, and Troy Rike.
The last time these two teams met, TNT rolled past Terrafirma, 112-101, thanks to Ray Parks Jr’s career-high 40 points on top of 11 rebounds. Terrafirma’s CJ Perez scored 30 points but couldn’t lead his side to win despite having an equally excellent offense.
In December 2020, the PBA held its last game, crowning Barangay Ginebra as Philippine Cup champion in a bubble in Clark, Pampanga.
Unlike last season’s setup, the league will have a closed-circuit system for the Philippine Cup this time, with teams, league employees, and the media encouraged to keep a venue-home pattern to limit COVID-19 exposure.
The games will be held four times a week. The conference is also scheduled to go through the end of October.
The All-Filipino Cup will proceed to the quarterfinals in its customary format, with the top eight teams advancing. Against the eighth and seventh seeds, the top two seeds will have a twice-to-beat advantage. Meanwhile, in a best-of-three series, No. 3 will face No. 6, and No. 4 will face No. 5. Best-of-seven matches will be played in the semifinals and finals.