COLUMBIAN pulled off a stunning upset after beating four-time reigning champion San Miguel, 124-118, on Friday in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Top overall pick CJ Perez had an impressive debut, but the sensational rookie also got support from his teammates led by Jackson Corpuz and Reden Celda as the Dyip came away with a shocking win against the league's most dominant team.
Perez had 26 points, 24 in the second half, in his first game in the league, tying the output of fellow rookie Robert Bolick for NorthPort on Wednesday.
“I had a feeling lang na mananalo kami with the way we practiced ahead of the other teams,” said Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel. “Nakita ko ‘yung mga boys na they are willing to change their attitude than the last conference.”
Perez scored the fastbreak basket to break a 112-112 tie before Rashawn McCarthy drained a triple to give the Dyip a 117-113 lead with 1:07 left in the game.
Perez grabbed the rebound off a Marcio Lassiter miss and scored a free throw in the process as Columbian’s lead swelled to six points.
Corpuz had 21 points and 11 rebounds, with eight of his points coming in the fourth period, while Celda finished with 15 points including six in the payoff period.
Arwind Santos had a career-high-tying 34 points in a losing effort, while Lassiter had 25 points for the Beermen, who trailed by as many as 10 points in the contest.
Terrence Romeo spent most of his first game with the Beermen on the bench after he suffered an injury in the third quarter. He finished with seven points in 12 minutes of action.
COLUMBIAN 124 – Perez 26, Corpuz 21, Celda 15, Reyes 12, Escoto 11, Camson 11, McCarthy 8, Agovida 8, King 7, Calvo 3, Cahilig 2, Gabriel 0, Faundo 0, Khobuntin 0.
SMB 118 – Santos 34, Lassiter 25, Fajardo 16, Cabagnot 12, Nabong 11, Romeo 7, Standhardinger 6, Zamar 3, Pessumal 2, Ross 2, Tubid 0.
Quarters: 24-27; 51-54; 85-86; 124-118.