CJ PEREZ believes Columbian has gained the respect of the league after being the cellar dwellers in past conferences.
The Dyip remained in the bottom half of the Commissioner’s Cup as they claimed their third win in 10 outings following a 100-98 win over Phoenix Pulse on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Despite their palty record, the Dyip have actually won two of their last three games with their only loss in that stretch coming by way of a two-point loss to NorthPort in which import Lester Prosper was called for a goaltending for touching the rim while Robert Bolick was taking the lay-up.
While the Dyip have yet to become a contender in the league, Perez, however, said he is happy that Columbian is making it hard on its opponents to get a win.
“Sayang ‘yung pagkakataon. Hindi namin na-grab pero at least, nabigay namin ‘yung effort namin,” Perez said. “Nakakadikit na kami. At least ngayon, paghahandaan na nila kami. Hindi ‘yung kapag Columbian kalaban, chill lang ‘to. Parang ganun.”
“At least nakukuha na namin ‘yung respect ng iba,” said Perez.
Perez had 18 points in the victory but most of the noise in the victory was made by Reden Celda and Glenn Khobuntin. Celda scored a running shot after Khobuntin came up with a chasedown block in the final moments of the Dyip’s win.
With the victory, the Dyip remained in the thick of the fight for the quarterfinal berth, even having a chance to reach as high as fourth place depending what will happen in the next few games of the conference.
Perez is hopeful Columbian will be able to make a last push to make it to the playoffs.
“Bigay lang namin effort namin para wala kaming isipin na hindi namin binigay ‘yung best namin. Sabi nga, may chance. Pero kung makakapasok, why not,” said Perez.