GOOD thing Reden Celda converted on a floater with nine seconds remaining and the outcome of Columbian Dyip’s PBA Commissioner Cup game against Phoenix hanging in the balance.
He could have heard a mouthful from coach Johnedel Cardel had he missed it.
“Kung nagmintis yun, hindi ko alam ano mangyayari,” said the third-year guard of his game-winner after the Dyip escaped past the Fuel Masters, 100-98, Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Before making the basket, Cardel was shouting at Celda to call a timeout for Columbian to map out one final play as the game was tied at 98.
The Columbian guard said it was too late when he heard the instruction from his coach.
“Sabi ni coach magta-timeout pa pala dapat kami pero hindi ko na nakita, e,” he said. “Hindi ko nakita kasi nakayuko din ako kasi may mga guards din na sumusundot.
“Nakita ko kasi open yung lane. Paglingon ko nasa free throw line na ako tapos open na yung lane kaya tinear-drop ko na,” added Celda. “Nakuha naman yung panalo at yun ang importante.”
Celda finished with 17 points, four rebounds, and eight assists in his return to active duty after missing out the Dyip’s last two games due to a rib injury he suffered in the team’s game against Rain or Shine in Batangas City two weeks ago.
And he made the most out of his comeback game as he shot 3-of-6 from three-point range and 6-of-9 from the field in 26 minutes of play in the Petron Blaze Saturday Special.
The effort by the former All-Rookie team member helped the Dyip improved to 3-7 overall and with still a minimal shot of gaining a berth in the playoffs.
“Ipanalo lang namin yung last game naming para momentum din namin for next conference. Hindi ko alam kung pasok pa kami o hindi na,” he said.
“Pero sabi nga ni coach sa amin kahit non-bearing or not, kailangan irespeto yung laro. Every game pukpok dapat talaga.”
Columbian Dyip plays its final game Sunday next week against Barangay Ginebra.