COLUMBIAN Dyip displayed a change of game with its change of name as it stunned Blackwater, 126-98, for a rousing start to its PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign on Sunday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Dyip, formerly known as Kia Picanto, showed they’re a different team from the one that played in the all-Filipino conference as they built an early lead and pulled away in the second half to already match their win total last conference.
Jeramy King proved his worth after getting picked up in the free-agent market as he dropped a career-high 30 points, conspiring with Rashawn McCarthy in leading the fast-paced attack of the Dyip.
“I expected the game more of a grind than anything else, but our guys showed their energy, and that’s one change that’s welcome,” Columbian coach Ricky Dandan said.
“We talked about a change of attitude – we should not play the way we played last conference. Its’ a good morale boost from where we were,” he added.
The 5-foot-11 King, a benchwarmer at Rain or Shine where he scored just 26 points in two conferences, eclipsed his total right in his first game with his new team, providing consistent offense throughout the game, knocking down five triples, and finishing with seven boards, four assists, and three steals in 37 minutes.
McCarthy added 22 points six assists, four rebounds, and three steals, while Carlo Lastimosa, Eric Camson, and Ronald Tubid also scored in twin digits as the locals made up for a poor offensive contribution from import CJ Aiken, who chipped in just nine points.
Aiken did grab 22 rebounds and scored on the dunk that gave them their biggest lead at 30, 126-96 in the waning seconds.
Jarrid Famous led the Elite with 35 points and 22 caroms, but committed 11 turnovers in 42 minutes, while Allein Maliksi added 22 points, eight boards, three steals, and two assists that went for naught.
The game was marred by an altercation between Maliksi and Camson in the second half.
COLUMBIAN (126) – King 30, McCarthy 22, Lastimosa 14, Camson 12, Tubid 12, Aiken 9, Celda 6, Corpuz 6, Khobuntin 6, Cahilig 5, Sara 4
BLACKWATER (98) – Famous 35, Maliksi 22, Belo 11, Erram 8, Pinto 8, Marcelo 4, Digregorio 2, Cruz 2, Sena 2, Palma 2, Jose 2, Sumang 0
Quarterscores: 27-25, 59-55, 87-72, 126-98