ANTIPOLO CITY - Reden Celda was pleased with the career-game he turned in for Columbian Dyip on Saturday, but more importantly, was buoyed up by the 123-103 upset win the team pulled off against debuting NLEX in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Ynares Center.
Celda finished with 26 points and shot 12-of-18 from the field in a performance that eclipsed his previous high of 25 points registered in a 122-121 overtime win over Phoenix in this same conference last year.
Yet, it was the Dyip’s second win in third outing that really uplifted his spirit. And that’s understandable.
“Bonus na lang sa akin yung stats, ang importante yung panalo talaga. Kasi simula nung rookie year ko hirap kaming manalo,” admitted the former National University stalwart, a member of the All-Rookie team last season.
Columbian ran NLEX to the ground, outscoring the opposition, 36-16, on fastbreak points, and had more points from turnovers, 25-9.
Celda said it’s the only way for a team lacking in height such as Columbia to be competitive against the rest of the field.
“Yun kasi ang emphasis ni coach sa amin, yung pace namin (running game). Yun lang kasi ang way na mananalo kami,” he stressed.
“Kung magse-set kasi, maliliit kami, hindi talaga kami mananalo,” Celda said. “Yun alng yung bala namin, yung pace namin. Kailangan mabilis kami lagi.”
Celda said he wasn’t aware about him finally surpassing his previous career-high.
“Basta naglalaro lang ako. Hindi ko na napansin yun,” he said.
It’s the winning that really matters.