PBA: Perez scores 26 as Columbian stuns San Miguel
Paul Lintag on Jan 18, 2019 06:49 PM
Tasked of facing the reloaded San Miguel to open their season, the Dyip played inspired and took down the Beermen for the first time in two seasons and for the first time in the All-Filipino.
For all we know, San Miguel might still end up coasting to a fifth straight All-Filipino title but for one night, the reigning four-time champions were vulnerable.
Columbian pulled off the shocker of the year 18 days into 2019, stunning the Beermen, 124-118, in the Philippine Cup Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Tasked with facing the reloaded San Miguel to open their season, the Dyip played inspired and took down the Beermen for the first time in two seasons and for the first time in the All-Filipino.
No. 1 pick CJ Perez was a star with 26 points, 24 in the second half, as he led the Dyip’s rally.
”Really proud of my boys, we played well,” head coach Johnedel Cardel said.
”Step up si CJ nung second half. Pinu-push ko talaga siya, sinasabi ko na dalhin yung team na to kahit rookie siya,” he added.
Despite Columbian taking 10-point lead in the second quarter, it was a close game throughout with 12 ties and 19 lead changes.
The Dyip were taking it to the Beermen strong and come the fourth quarter, they hopped on Perez’s back and the no. 1 rookie scored 13 points to lead his team to victory.
After Perez, Jackson Corpuz poured 21 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks, holding his own down low against five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo. Reden Celda added another 15 for Columbian.
Arwind Santos led San Miguel with 34 points while Marcio Lassiter was good for 25. Terrence Romeo had seven points and four assists in 12 minutes in his first game fo the Beermen but checked out early due to an apparent ankle injury.
Columbian 124 - Perez 26, Corpuz 21, Celda 15, Reyes 12, Camson 11, Escoto 11, McCarthy 8, Agovida 8, King 7, Calvo 3, Cahilig 2, Khobuntin 0, Faundo 0, Gabriel 0.
San Miguel 118 - Santos 34, Lassiter 25, Fajardo 16, Cabagnot 12, Nabong 11, Romeo 7, Standhardinger 6, Zamar 3, Ross 2, Pessumal 2, Tubid 0.
Quarters: 24-27, 51-54, 85-86, 124-118.
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