THEY say old habits are hard to break, which was exactly what Columbian Dyip realized in a game against Alaska on Wednesday night.
After winning two of their first three games in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Dyip relapsed as they absorbed an embarrassing 134-103 loss to the Aces, bringing back memories of their losing ways in the Philippine Cup and the Governor’s Cup where they went a combined 1-21 record.
Naturally, coach Ricky Dandan was dejected.
“After three games, they didn’t show up. Ayun lang 'yun. I don’t know what happened to them, they didn’t show up,” said Dandan as he briskly walked out of the tunnel leading out of the Araneta Coliseum floor.
The disappointment was perfectly understandable, considering the dyip fell behind by as many as 43, 118-75, and dampened the debut of John Fields, who surprisingly replaced impressive import CJ Aiken days before this game.
Explaining the strange switch, Dandan said they needed to add a stronger inside presence, which they got from Fields after posting 39 points on 14-20 shooting to go along 16 rebounds.
Too bad it didn’t result in a victory.
“CJ (Aiken) was okay. But we needed someone who can defend inside as well,” said Dandan. “Yes (I was happy with Fields). He still isn’t in the right shape, he just arrived but we expect him to be better.”