PBA: Cellar-dwelling Columbian now standing up to league’s big boys
ABS-CBN Sports on May 09, 2018 09:07 PM
Columbian is proving, little by little, that it is a pushover no more
Alaska had just dropped a 31-point hammer on a Columbian side which was on a morale high with a 2-1 start in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Proving their franchise-wide improvement once more, however, the Dyip went right back to work and used the beatdown as motivation instead of a demoralizer.
And so, the upstarts barged right back into the win column with a 104-96 conquest of erstwhile unbeaten Rain or Shine on Wednesday at the MOA Arena. “That’s the way to bounce back from a really bad loss against Alaska,” a satisfied head coach Ricky Dandan said post-game as they improved to 3-2
Just like he did five days ago, Dandan gave credit to the Aces. “In fairness to Alaska, they really played very well. They took us to school and we learned,” he shared.
The key word there is that Columbian learned – and wasted no time in putting those lessons to good use. “We had no choice but to learn from that horrible, horrible loss and this is the result we got,” the mentor said.
That kind of determination was much evident in an undersized frontline which gave its all to slow down the Elasto Painters’ mighty bigs of Raymond Almazan, Beau Belga, and import Reggie Johnson. “I have to take my hat off to John [Fields} and not just to him, but our whole frontline. You know very well we have a short frontline,” Dandan said.
He then continued, “We had Andreas Cahilig, Eric Camson, and Jackson Corpuz, but they were all ready.”
Dandan would love to see more of that fight from his bigs as they prepare for a matchup with Magnolia a week from now at the Araneta Coliseum.