ANTIPOLO CITY – Von Pessumal set a new PBA record on Saturday in San Miguel’s match against TNT in the Commissioner’s Cup.
Pessumal hit a perfect 8 of 8 from threes to become the new record holder for most threes made in a game without missing. He shattered the old record of six held by eight players including Mike Tolomia, who did the feat on September 15, 2017 against Alaska, according to PBA statistics chief Fidel Mangonon.
Unfortunately, Pessumal’s effort didn’t translate in a victory as San Miguel bowed to TNT, 110-97, in the Petron Saturday Special.
“I hate to repeat myself but I'd rather get the win and score zero. But it’s how it is,” said Pessumal.
Pessumal said he was surprised that he didn’t miss a three-point shot in the match.
“Minsan, I just come into the game na if I’m open, I’ll shoot it. Actually, I didn’t know that I didn’t miss. Pag nag-miss ako, hindi ko iniisip. Nagugulat ako minsan na ‘yun na pala ‘yung ginawa ko sa boxscore,” said Pessumal.
Pessumal’s night highlighted a record-setting game in the PBA in which both teams combined for 35 threes, breaking the previous mark of 34 set by the same squads in Game One of the 2009 Philippine Cup semifinals.
Even with the loss, the 26-year-old Pessumal is looking at the positives in the defeat particularly with how the Beermen were able to slice the gap late in the fourth. TNT led by as many as 24 points but San Miguel was able to cut the deficit to eight points before Anthony Semerad sealed the win with a three with two minutes left in the game.
“I’m proud of my teammates because we were down big and we didn’t give up till the very last second. To me, ‘yun ang pinakaimportanteng nakuha ko sa game na ‘to. I always try to look at the positives. The fact that we didn’t give up. They were making three-pointers but we were still playing. That says a lot about this team.
“Based on that, may momentum kami going to the next game,” said Pessumal.