PBA: Columbian asserts mastery over ROS with close win

Paul Lintag on Mar 06, 2019 06:35 PM
PBA: Columbian asserts mastery over ROS with close win
Columbian improved to 4-5 for the year, keeping their slot in the top-8.

Columbian still has Rain or Shine’s number.

The Dyip extended their mastery over the Elasto Painters Wednesday, picking up a close 85-82 win in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at the Big Dome.

Dating back to last season, when they swept ROS, Columbian now has four straight wins against the Elasto Painters, this latest one being crucial to their playoff hopes in the All-Filipino.

Columbian improved to 4-5 for the year, keeping their slot in the top-8.

“Di ko alam sasabihin ko. But after losing to Blackwater, we had to bounce back. Sabi ko nga sa kanila, losing to Blackwater—that’s it. Dapat tama na yon. Kasi we have three games and we need all those three games. One game at a time but we start with this game,” head coach Johnedel Cardel said.

“We’re just lucky na nanalo kami,” he added.

The Dyip were down 11 early but managed to chip off the deficit slowly. Then in the third quarter, a 10-0 run allowed Columbian to take control, 55-46, and they would maintain the lead to the very end.

Up one with 11 seconds to go, the Dyip managed to avoid fouls and only shot free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining. Reden Celda was perfect from the line to push their lead to three and Rain or Shine failed to convert on the other end as Columbian picked up the win.

Rashawn McCarthy fired 22 points to lead all scorers while Jackson Corpuz added 12 for Columbian. Top pick CJ Perez was good for 11 points.

After a five-game winning streak, Rain or Shine has now lost back-to-back. Still, the Elasto Painters keep their hold of no. 2 with a 7-3 mark.

Mark Borboran paced ROS with 21 points.

 

The scores:

Columbian 85 – McCarthy 22, Corpuz 12, Perez 11, Calvo 8, Faundo 7, Khobuntin 7, Camson 6, Celda 5, Cahilig 3, Agovida 2, Escoto 0, Reyes 0.

Rain or Shine 82 – Borboran 21, Yap 12, Mocon 12, Daquioag 10, Ahanmisi 7, Nambatac 6, Norwood 5, Belga 4, Torres 3, Ponferada 2, Rosales 0.

Quarters: 15-26; 42-40; 66-59; 85-82.


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