ANTIPOLO – Columbian Dyip proved that it’s no one-hit wonder as it shocked NLEX, 123-103, to continue its surprising run early in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Saturday night at the Ynares Center.
After making a great first impression with a 28-point win over Blackwater then contending before losing to Meralco, the Dyip showed their performances were not a fluke as they built and maintained a sizeable lead against a Road Warriors side that’s still adjusting to its import.
CJ Aiken continued to make his case to be a keeper, while Reden Celda and Jeramy King led the fast-paced attack of the Dyip, who have already doubled their win total last conference.
“You have to understand where I’m coming from because we came from a one-win conference, but I really can’t help but be in awe with what our players have done,” Dyip coach Ricky Dandan said. “I can’t ask for more.”
“It’s against NLEX and Yeng Guiao, so I expected a grind, but we sustained our pace while maintaining our defense,” he added.
Aiken registered 28 points on 11-of-13 shooting – making all his three triples – 10 boards, four blocks, and one assist in 33 minutes as he showed he’s still the right man for the job as their import.
Celda chipped in 26 points, four rebounds, four assists, and one steal, while King continued to be a gem of a find for the Dyip with 23 points, including four triples, three boards, three assists, and one steal.
One of his four triples gave the Dyip their biggest lead at 123-100 with a little less than a minute left in the game.
Rashawn McCarthy flirted with a triple-double of 13 points, 12 assists, and nine rebounds, along with two steals in 33 minutes, while Eric Camson added 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals as all of the Dyip’s starters scored in double figures.
Adrian Forbes led the Road Warriors with 26 points, 17 boards, and five blocks in 41 minutes but found little help from the local starters as JR Quinahan, Cyrus Baguio, and Juami Tiongson provided the support from the bench.
COLUMBIAN 123 – Aiken 28, Celda 26, King 23, Camson 13, McCarthy 13, Corpuz 6, Escoto 5, Khobuntin 4, Sara 3, Tubid 2, Lastimosa 0, Cabrera 0
NLEX 103 – Forbes 26, Quiñahan 20, Fonacier 12, Baguio 11, Tiongson 10, Ravena 9, Soyud 8, Taulava 5, Miranda 2, Buenafe 0, Rios 0, Monfort 0, Ighalo 0
Quarterscores: 33-21, 62-50, 95-80, 123-103