ANTIPOLO CITY – Columbian’s fate in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup is already out of its hands.
Still, Dyip rookie CJ Perez kept his hopes high for a chance to advance in the playoff despite Columbian’s 4-7 win-loss record following a 98-101 end of elimination round campaign loss to Talk ‘N Text Friday at the Ynares Sports Center here.
“’Yun nga, antayin namin kung makaka-playoff pa kami. It’s a blessing kung makakapaglaro pa kami ng isa pa,” said Perez, who finished with a game-high 22 points.
Perez added nine rebounds and five assists.
Columbian, which currently sits at ninth place, still has a chance to advance in the quarterfinals depending on the outcome of other teams still in the race. Positioning in case of multiple tie at 4-7 will be determined through quotient. In case of a tie at no. 8, there will be a playoff.
NLEX, Magnolia and Alaska share 4-5 cards while Meralco and NorthPort hold 3-7 and 2-6 slates, respectively.
“We're hoping na the other teams like NLEX, dun na lang kami magre-rely muna, sa ibang teams kung magkakaroon kami ng chance na mag-knockout. Hopefully,” said Dyip head coach Johnedel Cardel.
“We'll see, kung destiny talaga namin pumasok, makakapag-knockout kami,” he said. “Butas ng kayarom dadaanan namin.”
The Dyip had a chance to salvage a win after coming back from a 53-71 deficit but Rashawn McCarthy missed two potential game-tying three-point attempts as the time expired.
The top two teams after the elims will be armed with a twice-to-beat advantage over the no. 7 and no. 8 squads, respectively. Phoenix secured the first quarters incentive.
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