THE win that’s hard to come by for Columbian Dyip finally came on Saturday, and surprisingly, in an easy way.
The Dyip leaned on a second quarter breakaway on the way to a 120-105 rout of NLEX in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Dyip spent the first quarter sizing up Road Warriors, then gave their all in the ensuing second quarter where they led by as many as 53-39, on the way to the lopsided win.
The halftime lead snowballed to as big as 29 points, 77-48, on a three-point shot by import Karl Barone, as the Dyip chalked up their first victory after 0-3 start in the midseason conference.
It was CJ Perez who shone brightest among the Dyip, cutting loose with 39 points and hauling down nine rebounds in what could be his best showing in the pro league.
Jackson Corpuz likewise made his presence felt for the Dyip as he fired 18 points and 8 rebounds, with Rashawn McCarthy chipping in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.
Tony Mitchell finished with 32 points, 16 rebounds and five assists, while Philip Paniamogan added 18 points, Raul Soyud and Juami Tionson 12 points apiece but their efforts were not enough to keep the Road Warriors from falling to their fourth straight loss.
Meanwhile, Phoenix has fined Calvin Abueva P20,000 as preventive measure following the incident involving him and the girlfriend of Blackwater rookie Bobby Ray Parks.
Phoenix team manager Paolo Bugia added the P20,000 fine shall be given or donated to a charity chosen by Maika Rivera, the girlfriend of Parks, or in the alternative by the PBA.
"As a preventive measure, we decided to deduct P20,000 from the salary of Mr. Abueva which has been communicated to him and has accepted such decision," the Phoenix team manager added.
Abueva and Rivera engaged in an exchange of unpleasant words on Friday night at the tail end of the Fuel Masters' 103-98 win over the Elite.
Parks as claimed by Rivera, said his girlfriend was called a bitch by Abueva, who also gestured some lewd acts aimed at the part-time actress and former tennis player.
Abueva meanwhile, countered Rivera flashed the dirty finger on him and called him a monkey after fouling out of the game in the final 11 seconds.
The Phoenix star has been scheduled to be summoned at the PBA office next week following the incident.
Columbian (120) - Perez 39, Barone 31, Corpuz 18, McCarthy 12, Camson 7, Calvo 6, Celda 5, Cahilig 2, Faundo 0, Reyes 0, Cabrera 0, Khobuntin 0, Tabi 0.
NLEX (105) - Mitchell 32, Paniamogan 18, Tiongson 12, Soyud 12, Monfort 9, Baguio 8, Rios 4, Erram 4, Ighalo 3, Galanza 3, Paredes 0, Taulava 0, Magat 0, Lao 0.
Quarterscores: 24-22, 53-39, 93-67, 120-105