RASHAWN McCarthy is tired of losing – and it shows with the way he’s been playing this conference.
The former San Miguel bench-warmer has turned into a legitimate scoring threat for Columbian Dyip in a surprising 3-2 (win-loss) start to the PBA Commissioner’s Cup for the much-maligned franchise.
In a 104-96 win against erstwhile unbeaten Rain or Shine, McCarthy was once again at his best as he fired 23 points on 6-of-12 shooting from downtown, to go along with six boards, four assists, three steals against just a single turnover in 40 minutes of action.
That’s exactly how McCarthy is walking the talk this season.
“It hurt, man. Last conference every game was very disappointing. Once the conference ended, we went to work,” said McCarthy, who tasted a win just once in 11 games in his debut tournament with the Dyip.
The Fil-Am guard is averaging 16.2 points, seven assists and 4.6 rebounds as a starter in the midseason conference, making Columbian Dyip officials led by consultant Joe Lipa look good after coming in as part of the controversial Christian Standhardinger deal.
Ironically, Standhardinger, who San Miguel selected from the No. 1 pick it got in the deal with Columbian Dyip, wasn't as impressive in his PBA debut, scoring four points in a loss to Meralco on the same night.
Getting the minutes and the touches at Columbian Dyip that he rarely enjoyed at SMB, the Beermen's second-round pick in 2016 has unleashed his full offensive arsenal.
McCarthy played in a grand total of 57.6 minutes in one year with the talent-laden Beermen. He eclipsed that total in just two games with Columbian this season - and he's making every second count.
His biggest motivation is a desire to repay his coaches' faith.
“We brought in Jerramy (King), he’s been helping us a lot and of course the import has been helping us a lot. Just the hardwork we've been putting in and knowing we don’t want a repeat of what happened last conference. We got a lot of pride,” he added.
Now that he can finally play with a system that allows him to be himself more, McCarthy is relishing the challenge.
“Coaches put a lot of trust in me. They gave me confidence. So I’m just going out there and making shots. Just working hard,” he said.
“I’m back to my natural position, I just feel more free. All the guys are confident in handling the ball. Just being aggressive and confident.”