ANTIPOLO – Columbian pulled off another shocker on Friday, defeating erstwhile unbeaten NorthPort, 110-100, in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Center.
The Dyip went on a furious 12-2 run to end the third quarter to pull away for goos and deal NorthPort its first loss in three games, exactly a week after upsetting reigning four-time champion San Miguel Beer.
No less than seven players scored in double figures for the Dyip, who atoned for a defeat against Phoenix last Wednesday to continue their impressive start to the season.
At 2-1 (win-loss), the Dyip have now surpassed their wins total in each of their past two Philippine Cup campaigns.
“It was a very big win again against NorthPort,” said Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel. “They are 2-0. I know they will come out with a high intensity. I talked to the guys, we are 1-1 but the big thing was our first game.
“We can beat any strong team in the PBA if we play together and continue our patience on offense and defense,” Cardel said.
Jackson Corpuz, Jeepy Faundo, and Reden Celda scored 15 points each while Rashawn McCarthy added 14 points and 12 assists. His five straight points fuelled a key run that enabled the Dyip to finish the third quarter with an 86-79 lead.
CJ Perez, JP Calvo, and Eric Camson had 12 points each for Columbian, which led by as many as 14 points, 105-91, on a basket by Corpuz with 2:31 left in the game.
Stanley Pringle had 29 points and six assists and Mo Tautuaa had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Batang Pier.
Columbian 110 – Celda 15, Corpuz 15, Faundo 15, McCarthy 14, Calvo 12, Perez 12, Camson 12, Reyes 8, Escoto 4, Khobuntin 3, Cahilig 0, Agovida 0.
NorthPort 100 – Pringle 29, Tautuaa 23, Anthony 19, Grey 11, Elorde 5, Taha 4, Guinto 4, Bolick 3, Gabayni 2, Lanete 0, Sollano 0, Arana 0, Flores 0.
Quarters: 24-28; 51-55; 86-79; 110-100.