PBA: Dyip easily drive past NLEX to score second win
Paul Lintag on Apr 28, 2018 06:32 PM
Three players scored at least 20 points for Columbian and the Dyip moved up to 2-1 in the standings. (PBA)
It took Columbian three games to surpass its win total from the previos conference.
The Dyip dominated NLEX at the Ynares Center in Antipolo Saturday, scoring a convincing 123-103 victory in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup.
Three players scored at least 20 points for Columbian and the Dyip moved up to 2-1 in the standings. The former Kia Picanto finished with a sorry 1-10 card in the All-Filipino.
"You have to understand where I'm coming from when I say this, because we came from a one-win conference, but I am in awe with what our players have done today," head coach Ricky Dandan said.
"It's only our second win but like I said, from where we are coming from, I really can't help but be in awe of what our players have done," he added.
Import CJ Aiken made his presence felt on offense for the second straight game, leading the team with 28 points on 84 percent shooting. Reden Celda had a breakout performance, firing 26 points while Jerramy King continued his stellar start to the conference by adding another 23 markers.
Rashawn McCarthy narrowly missed out on a triple double, scattering 13 points, nine rebounds, and 12 assists in the win.
After a high-scoring but close opening period, Columbian just slowly pulled away as the game went on.
Up 12 at the break, the Dyip pounded on the Road Warriors in the third led by Aiken to set up a dominating fourth-quarter performance that saw Columbian lead by as many as 23 points.
For NLEX, import Adrian Forbes scored 26 in his PBA debut and JR Quinahan added another 20, 12 in the fourth, but it wasn't enough for the win.
COLUMBIAN 123 - Aiken 28, Celda 26, King 23, Camson 13, McCarthy 13, Corpuz 6, Escoto 5, Khobuntin 4, Sara 3, Tubid 2, Lastimosa 0, Cabrera 0.
NLEX 103 - Forbes 26, Quiñahan 20, Fonacier 12, Baguio 11, Tiongson 10, Ravena 9, Soyud 8, Taulava 5, Miranda 2, Buenafe 0, Rios 0, Monfort 0, Ighalo 0.
Quarterscores: 33-21, 62-50, 95-80, 123-103.
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