PBA: 'They didn’t show up' - Ricky Dandan on Columbian Dyip's 31-point loss
Santino Honasan on May 04, 2018 08:37 PM
“They didn’t show up, I don’t know what happened to them.”
Columbian Dyip head coach Ricky Dandan wasn’t too pleased about the beating that his wards took, Friday evening at the Araneta Coliseum.
Against the Alaska Aces, Columbian absorbed a 31-point defeat, 134-103, to drop to 2-2 in the 2018 PBA Commissioners Cup.
It was a surprising turn since they had won two of their first two outings in impressive fashion and were coming off a 20-point win over NLEX back in April 28th.
“After three, games, the team didn’t show up. Yun lang yun, they didn't show up.” a visibly frustrated Dandan said as he exited the Araneta Coliseum in a hurry.
Trailing by just three at the end of the first quarter, Columbian saw Alaska soar to a massive 73-37 lead at halftime, led by Vic Manuel’s 13-point second quarter.
“They didn’t show up, I don’t know what happened to them.” Dandan said about the second period collapse.
The lone bright spot for Dandan and Columbian, Friday night, was new import John Fields, who replaced previous reinforcement CJ Aiken.
In his first night on the job, Fields put up 39 points on 14-of-20 shooting and pulled down sixteen boards.
Talking about the decision to replace former import Aiken, who averaged fifteen points and 20 boards in three appearances for Columbian Dyip, Dandan highlighted the need for an inside presence, both defensively and offensively.
“CJ was okay, but we needed someone who could play inside and defend inside as well.”
Considering that Fields just arrived this week and hasn’t fully adjusted to the team, the 39-point, 16-rebound night was a welcome sight for Dandan, in spite of the blowout loss.
“He’s still not in the right shape, he just arrived so we expect him to get better.” Dandan said.
Dandan, Fields, and Columbian will look to bounce back when they take on Rain or Shine on Wednesday, May 9th at the Mall of Asia Arena.