PBA: Dyip drives past listless Elite for first win
Paul Lintag on Apr 22, 2018 06:41 PM
Formerly known as Kia Picanto, the Dyip relied on the hot shooting of Jerramy King and Rashawn McCarthy to pick up their first win of the conference and only their second win all season. (PBA Images)
Unconventional basketball no more.
The rechristened Columbian Dyip pulled off a shocker Sunday to start the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, dominating a listless Blackwater side for a huge 126-98 victory at the Big Dome.
Formerly known as Kia Picanto, the Dyip relied on the hot shooting of Jerramy King and Rashawn McCarthy to pick up their first win of the conference and only their second win all season.
King, who played for Rain or Shine in the All-Filipino, exploded for 30 points in a starting role. He also had seven rebounds and four assists, all while draining five triples in the process.
McCarthy added 22 points and six assists for Columbian.
"Good to win the first game. I expected the game to be more than a grind than anything else but our guys blew them out with their energy," head coach Ricky Dandan said.
"After our game against San Miguel [Philippine Cup], we gave them a two-week break then went straight to training camp. We talked about changing their attitude. Our preparation was mostly attitude-wise. Even if this is just the first game, this is a good morale-boost for us," he added.
True enough, the Dyip's energy was evident right from the start, in particular, Columbian's effort was seen on defense as they forced Blackwater to 33 turnovers.
Columbian then scored 44 points off of those turnovers to pile up on a lead that reached as a high as 30 during garbage time.
Three other players scored in double figures for the Dyip with Carlo Lastimosa dropping 14. Import CJ Aiken was good for nine points and 22 rebounds in his PBA debut.
As for Blackwater, the Elite couldn't get anything going despite getting a 35-point, 21-rebound performance from import Jarrid Famous.
Allein Maliksi was the top local for Elite, scoring 22 points to go along with eight rebounds.
Columbian (126): King 30, McCarthy 22, Lastimosa 14, Camson 12, Tubid 12, Aiken 9, Celda 6, Corpuz 6, Khobuntin 6, Cahilig 5, Sara 4
Blackwater (98): Famous 35, Maliksi 22, Belo 11, Erram 8, Pinto 8, Marcelo 4, Digregorio 2, Cruz 2, Sena 2, Palma 2, Jose 2, Sumang 0
Quarter scores: 27-25, 59-55, 87-72, 126-98
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