ANTIPOLO CITY – Rashawn McCarthy believes Columbian Dyip will now be taken seriously by the rest of the field following the team’s fast start in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The franchise pulled off a stunner on Saturday, whipping the NLEX Road Warriors, 123-103, at the Ynares Center for its second win in three games played in a week’s stretch.
Counting its earlier win over Blackwater, 126-98, Columbian has now surpassed its woeful 1-10 record during the last Philippine Cup. Likewise, it just beat two teams many expect to be playoff-bound this conference.
McCarthy sees other teams will now be on the guard when playing against them.
“I know a lot of teams are going to prepare for us. They’re not going to be relaxed when they play Columbian Dyip anymore,” said the Fil-Am guard, who was just a rebound short of completing a triple-double opposite the Road Warriors.
The team is definitely ready for the challenge, according to McCarthy.
“We just have to keep on working, keep on working,” he stressed.
The 28-year-old from New York posted 13 points, nine rebounds and 12 assists for Columbian in an all-around effort that highlighted the Dyip finally coming together as a team following a woeful start to the season.
“We’re playing a lot better together. We’re having fun out there. It’s good,” he said.
“During the training camp, we just focused on learning each other, learning where we can attack other teams and just learning how we want to play,” he said. “Last conference we all kind of just came together and we’re trying to figure it out. But I think we’re not starting to figure it out.”
McCarthy, part of trade that landed SMB No.1 overall pick Christian Standhardinger from Columbian Dyip (formerly Kia Picanto) to San Miguel, could have registered his first career triple double had he snared that single rebound.
But nobody told him about it.
“I was mad at the coaches, they didn’t tell me,” he said with a laugh. “I told them inside the dugout that if I’m that close, you got to let me know.”
Well, there’s always a next time.