PBA 44 review: Columbian makes a slight jump
Paul Lintag on Jan 23, 2020 05:40 PM
(Photo by Josh Albelda)
You thought the PBA's 43rd season was a long one?
Yeah, the PBA's 44th season had it beat.
The 2019 PBA season started at the Philippine Arena on January 13, 2019. It officially ended January 17, 2020 when Barangay Ginebra won the Governors' Cup Finals.
Ironically, the Gin Kings won the first and last games of the 2019 season.
Anyway, the point is the PBA's 44th season was a marathon. And before a new one starts, it's time to take a look at how all 12 teams fared in the past year.
Today, we start with the Columbian Dyip.
THE REAL DEAL...?
Last year, we wondered if no. 1 pick CJ Perez was good enough for additional wins enough to take a significant jump for Columbian.
The answer for the wins part of the question is technically yes. The Dyip went from just six wins in all of the 2018 season, half of them against Rain or Shine, to 11 wins in 2019.
That's almost double.
However, the Dyip didn't quite make the jump. Columbian never made the playoffs in Perez's rookie year and while they had many chances to get to the postseason as one of the lower seeds, they never got the wins they needed to advance.
Columbian started the CJ Perez era in the Philippine Cup with a big win over then four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer.
The Dyip finished with a 4-7 record in the All-Filipino, which would have been good enough to make the playoffs.
However, Columbian didn't even play for the 8th spot as the team's quotient was inferior to that of Alaska and NLEX, two teams that also finished with 4-7 records. The Dyip settled for 10th place in the Philippine Cup.
Columbian took a step back in the Commissioner's Cup, finishing at 11th place with a 3-8 record.
The Dyip had arguably their best team in franchise history in the Governors' Cup with Perez and import Khapri Alston leading the way.
Columbian was on the hunt for a playoff spot before their conference fell apart. The Dyip lost five of their last six games for another 10th-place finish with a 4-7 record.
The Dyip ended up picking first in the PBA Draft once again, but the team's 2019 season was leaps and bounds better compared to the previous one.
Columbian has an actual star in CJ Perez. He's the real deal.
As for the whole team, they're just not quite there yet.
Columbian DYIP in the PBA's 44th season
Philippine Cup: 4-7 (10th place)
Commissioner's Cup: 3-8 (11th place)
Governors' Cup: 4-7 (10th place)
Overall: 11 wins and 22 losses. Zero playoff appearances.
Columbian added Roosevelt Adams from the PBA Draft, he should pair up quite nicely with CJ Perez.
The Dyip also drafted former Ateneo big man Isaac Go but he's officially on Gilas Pilipinas duty.
Nevertheless, Columbian now has quite a pile of young and talented players on its roster. How it all turns out for the Dyip should be interesting to say the least.
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