COLUMBIAN Dyip proved they’re not a fluke as they stunned Rain or Shine, 104-96, to sustain its surprising run in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Rediscovering their touch after a 31-point drubbing at the hands of Alaska, the Dyip stayed toe-to-toe against the Elasto Painters throughout the game before proving steadier down the stretch to get back on the winning track and improve to 3-2.
Rashawn Mccarthy regained his shooting to lead the locals, while John Fields continued to provide the offense with 34 points on 13-of-17 shooting as the Dyip handed the E-Painters their first loss in four games.
“That’s the way to bounce back from a loss,” Dyip coach Ricky Dandan said. “We had no choice but to learn from that horrible loss to Alaska.”
Held to just seven points on 3-of-12 shooting in their 134-103 loss to the Aces last Friday, McCarthy bounced back with 23 points, built around six treys, along with six boards, four assists, and three steals, against only one turnover in 40 minutes.
The Filipino-American playmaker scored nine of his output in the fourth quarter to produce the much-needed offense in the face of the E-Painters’ rally.
Ed Daquioag converted on a three-point play to pull the E-Painters to within three points, 93-90, halfway through the payoff period, but the Dyip finished the game on an 11-3 run to complete the upset win.
Reggie Johnson led the E-Painters with 30 points, 17 boards, and three steals, while Daquioag added 17 points and five rebounds, and Raymond Almazan chipped in 16 points and 14 caroms that went for naught.
COLUMBIAN 104 — Fields 34, McCarthy 23, King 13, Cahilig 8, Celda 7, Lastimosa 7, Tubid 4, Cabrera 3, Corpuz 2, Sara 2, Camson 1, Escoto 0
ROS 96 — Johnson 30, Daquioag 17, Almazan 16, Tiu 9, Belga 7, Norwood 6, Yap 4, Ahanmisi 3, Torres 3, Nambatac 1, Washington 0
Quarterscores: 31-28, 58-53, 82-80, 104-96