|Akeem Wright and the Columbian Dyip stamped its class anew against Rain Or Shine for its first win. PBA Media Bureau.|
By Ricky Manliguis
ANTIPOLO—Columbian Dyip finally barged into the win column as it routed Rain Or Shine, 100-84, in the opening treat of the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at the Ynares Center.
With the foursome of Akeem Wright, Rashawn McCarthy, Jerramy King and Ronald Tubid delivering the goods, the Dyip snapped its nine-game losing skid in the season-ending conference with a game to go.
The team also swept its season series with the Elasto Painters.
Columbian held a 50-39 lead entering the second half, but Rain Or Shine battled in the third behind Maverick Ahanmisi to come within 63-68.
The Dyip then blew the game wide open in the final quarter, as Wright scored 15 points before King scored on a lay-up for a 21-point cushion, 91-70, with three minutes remaining.
Wright finished with 23 points, spiked on three triples, to go with 12 rebounds, three assists and three steals. King added 18 points, six boards, and three assists.
McCarthy and Tubid delivered key hits for 16 apiece, while Andreas Cahilig was the other double-digit producer with 13.
Columbian forced Rain Or Shine to 18 turnovers translated into 24 points. They also stole the ball 11 times while having a plus-9 advantage in fastbreak points (15-6).
“Pagpasok ko dito, hindi ako sanay,” said Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel, whose wards also stopped a 25-game dry spell in the Governors’ Cup.
“Nakatanggal ng tinik sa dibdib. Hindi na ako sanay manalo.”
The loss halted Rain Or Shine’s two-game winning run to fall deeper in the cellar a 2-5. Terrence Watson topscored with a double-double of 18 points and 10 boards, even as Ahanmisi churned in 16 and four assists.
The Dyip will have Blackwater as its last assignment on Oct 27 in Biñan.
Columbian 100 - Wright 23, King 18, McCarthy 16, Tubid 16, Cahilig 13, Reyes 5, Corpuz 4, Celda 3, Ababou 2, Khobuntin 0, Escoto 0.
Rain or Shine 84 - Watson 18, Ahanmisi 16, Norwood 11, Ponferada 9, Yap 8, Belga 7, Washington 6, Borboran 5, Daquioag 4, Nambatac 0, Tiu 0.
Quarters: 24-21, 50-39, 68-63, 100-84.