PBA: Rashawn after Columbian’s comeback win: “We’re not giving up anymore”
Paul Lintag on Feb 27, 2019 07:35 PM
“We showed a lot of heart today. We got to a bad start, just 11 points in the first quarter. But we fought back. We’re not giving up anymore,” — Rashawn McCarthy.
Columbian needed some spark to once again give life to its 2019 PBA Philippine Cup campaign.
Wednesday at the Big Dome in the first game since the two-week Gilas Pilipinas break, Columbian got its spark from guard Rashawn McCarthy.
McCarthy fired a career-high 30 points against Meralco, scoring 10 each in the second, third, and fourth quarters, to guide the Dyip to a big win over the Bolts.
“I hit a couple of shots early, I just kept being aggressive. The guys are giving me confidence to be aggressive; My teammates trust me, my coaches trust me,” McCarthy said.
“I just made shots today. I was a lot more aggressive today looking to attack and make plays for my team,” he added.
By beating the Bolts, Columbian arrested a three-game slide in the All-Filipino.
The win pushed the Dyip to a 3-4 record in the team standings, right in the middle of a crowded race for the playoffs.
“It’s a big win for us, coming off a three-game losing streak. If we want a chance to move into the quarterfinals, this is a very important game—coach has been stressing that all week,” McCarthy said.
“We had a two-week break, so this is a big win, a big way to bounce back from our losing streak,” he added.
After going through so much scrutiny over the past couple of season, Columbian is showing signs of life.
The Dyip will not be looked at as the league’s laughingstock anymore.
“Each game—you know we’re a young team. Each game is a learning experience for all of us,” McCarcthy said.
“We showed a lot of heart today. We got to a bad start, just 11 points in the first quarter. But we fought back. We’re not giving up anymore,” he added.
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