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Perez likens Columbian's system to that of Lyceum as he finally joins PBA club in practice

CJ Perez found it easy to adjust to the Dyip's system. Dennis Acosta (file photo)

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--CJ Perez seemed like he quickly found a new home in Columbian.

Perez, the first overall pick of the PBA Draft, officially joined the team's practice at the Azure Urban Residences Basketball Court in ParaƱaque on Monday.

From there, he deduced that Coach John Cardel's system is somehow familiar to him.

"Actually ‘yung offense parang sa Lyceum din eh, parang same kami ng ni-run sa Lyceum. Hindi na ako nag-adjust masyado," Perez said.

He also said that Cardel wants him to be the King Pirate that led Lyceum to two NCAA finals appearances and one PCCL title with the Dyip.

"Sabi niya kahit na rookie daw ako, i-lead ko ‘yung team. I-lead ko daw ‘yung mga kasama ko. Yun ‘yung una niyang sinabi sa akin," Perez continued.

From there, it's evident that the pressure will mount.

However, he said, "Accept na lang ‘yung mga pressure na darating. Kailangan lang natin makapag-perform ng maayos at saka makatulong sa team."

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