PBA: Dyip get much-needed boost from locals
Mark Escarlote on Jun 10, 2018 08:58 PM
Glenn Khobuntin led the Columbian locals' huge support to help the Dyip end a three-game skid.
Columbian struggled in its previous three straight games no thanks to the Dyip locals’ anemic outing.
A little pep talk from head coach Ricky Dandan was all that they needed to finally get off a scoring slumber.
Five Dyip locals finished in double figures as import John Fields got all the support he needed to tow Columbian to a 115-107 bounce back win over Phoenix on Sunday in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Big Dome.
The Dyip snapped a three-game skid to move up to 4-5 win-loss record at seventh place to strengthen their bid for a quarterfinals berth.
“We talked about our locals needing to contribute more, not just offensively, but more importantly, defensively as well,” said Dandan.
Glenn Khobuntin played big, scoring 18 points to complement the 29-point, 26-rebound performance of Fields.
Rashawn McCarthy finished with 15 while Jeramy King, who only had one point in Dyip’s last two losses over Talk ‘N Text and San Miguel, had 15 markers, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals in 36 minutes of action. Eric Camson and Ronald Tubid added 13 and 10, markers, respectively.
“Rashawn is back, he helped us a lot playing defense and getting his shots. Jerramy, his confidence is also back. I talked to them lengthily about not having a good defensive attitude and that resulted in those two blowout losses,” Dandan said. “I must commend them now because I felt we won this game because of defense.”
The Dyip are in good position of making it into the playoffs after a forgettable outing in last two conferences.
“I’m not looking beyond Ginebra, but the numbers are, I hear, (magic number) six. We’re at four, that’s a good positon for us,” said Dandan. “We are thankful for our position because the previous two conference, we didn’t have a chance. We have a chance now. We talked about not letting this pass and taking advantage of every opportunity we have.”
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