COLUMBIAN Dyip may not have won a lot of games in the PBA this year, but that didn’t stop management from bringing back the core of the team for next season.
Rashawn McCarthy and Jackson Corpuz were two of the Dyip’s stalwarts who were given new deals by the franchise, with hopes of teaming them up with the promising CJ Perez, the player Columbian is eyeing to tap as the no. 1 overall pick in Sunday’s annual rookie draft at the Robinson’s Place in Manila.
McCarthy, acquired as part of the controversial trade with San Miguel Beer last year for the rights on top rookie selection Christian Standhardinger, signed a two-year contract, while Corpuz, who was left out during the 2014 draft, received his richest contract as a pro after being locked up for the next three years.
Veterans JayR Reyes and Ronald Tubid, part of the Standhardinger package together with McCarthy, will also be back in a Columbian uniform as both were given one-year extension by management.
Young bigs Russel Escoto and Andreas Cahilig meanwhile, were signed for separate deals. Escoto inked a two-year pact, while Cahilig agreed to a one-year contract.
The Dyip failed to make the playoffs of the three conferences this season, which saw the team play under three different coaches, from Chris Gavina, Ricky Dandan, to current mentor Johnedel Cardel.
The team registered a 6-27 (win-loss) record this season, its best finish coming in the mid-season Commissioner’s Cup when it recorded a 4-7 card for ninth place.
It finished dead last at 12th place in both the Philippine and Governors Cups with similar 1-10 records.
Despite its woeful showing, there were bright spots too, in Columbian Dyip’s campaign, among them were the explosive backcourt tandem established by McCarthy and fellow Fil-Am Jerramy King and the emergence of Corpuz as one of the league’s promising wingman.