PBA: CJ Perez frustrated over missed free throws, losing streak
Philip Matel on Feb 06, 2019 07:46 PM
For such a promising start which had seemingly elevated them to new heights, the Columbian Dyip have crashed back to earth.
From a promising start, the Columbian Dyip have crashed back to earth.
Having started the season in the words of head coach Johnedel Cardel by 'catching a big fish' in the form of four-time defending champions San Miguel and fellow upstart NorthPort, the Dyip have now dropped four straight assignments in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup, including a crushing 94-72 loss against undermanned Alaska on Wednesday.
CJ Perez, the number one pick in the previous PBA Rookie Draft, posted impressive numbers of 15 points and five rebounds in almost 37 minutes in the loss.
However, what doomed Perez and his other teammates in the loss was their futility from the foul line. Columbian was not able to capitalize on their 37 free throw attemps as they only converted 14. Perez himself nailed only four out of eight from the charity stripe.
It could have actually led to a possible victory for the Dyip had they hit all their charities.
"Nakaka-frustrate talaga. Pag nagmi-miss ka ng free throw. 20 mahigit yung missed namin. Siguro yun yung factor na ano kaya medyo nakalayo na sila," the prized rookie said.
Furthermore, their disappointment had further piled up since they have lost four straight, but as Perez would realize, moving on and bouncing back are the most important things for them to have as they cross the halfway mark of the Philippine Cup.
"Nakaka-frustrate siyempre. Pero kailangan naming harapin, yun nga. Game ng basketball dumarating talaga. Mananalo, matatalo. Ang kailangan lang siguro namin magre-group," added Perez.
"Pag mag-focus kami sa mga kailangan naming gawin. Kung saan kami nagkukulang. Siyempre yung effort din talaga. Kulang sa effort. Kaya ayun."
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