COLUMBIAN Dyip leaned on a strong fourth quarter to defeat Phoenix, 106-104, and bolster its playoff chances in the PBA Governors' Cup on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
CJ Perez, Rashawn McCarthy, Glenn Khobuntin and Khapri Alston teamed up in a brief scoring binge which proved to be what the Dyip needed in pulling off the tough win in a game of changing fortunes.
The four combined for 11-2 tear which enabled the Dyip to turn an 83-79 deficit into 92-85 lead.
Jason Perkins came through with a basket while Alex Mallari added a triple as Phoenix came to within 92-90, sending Columbian suign for time with 4:43 remaining.
Following a timeout, Jakson Corpuz made a quick triple, igniting another scoring run for Columbian which posted a 102-92 lead, with 2:44 left. The Fuel Masters came no closer than at 104-100 on a basket by RJ Jazul, but McCarthy negated it in the ensuing play with two freethrows as Columbian made it 106-100, 23 seconds left.
Columbian has now chalked up its fourth win in eight outings, bolstering its chances of making the eight-team quarterfinal round, while the Fuel Masters absorbed their second straight loss and fell near the cellar at 2-6.
The Dyip sustained their momentum to third period where they were able to post a 65-53 lead on Alston two freethrows with seven minutes left, but the Fuel Masters were simply patient in both ends of the court.
Before the Dyip knew it, the Fuel Masters were already on top, 70-69, as Alonzo Gee completed a steal. He then came back to complete a three-point play for a 73-69 Phoenix lead, with 1:14 left in the third.
Columbian import Khapri Alston and CJ Perez spewed steady fires for Columbian in the first half, which the Dyip took, 52-42.
Alston had 16 points and eight rebounds while Perez added 15 markers and five rebounds the entire first half.
Meanwhile, the PBA on Friday approved the trade between Meralco and Blackwater after revising what looked like an imbalance proposal.
The deal -- which was approved by the league’s five-man committee a day after the arrival of commissioner Willie Marcial on Thursday from China -- has the Elite getting two future picks from the Bolts and two other players in exchange for Allein Maliksi and sophomore Raymar Jose.
The Bolts gave up veteran KG Canaleta, young guard Mike Tolomia, and second round picks in 2020 and 2021.
In the initial proposed trade, the Bolts would give up Canaleta, Tolomia and a 2nd round pick in the coming draft, but the committee disallowed the trade, prompting Meralco to also give up its second round pick in 2021.
Columbian (106) - Alston 30, Perez 25, Corpuz 18, McCarthy 16, Cahilig 7, Tiongson 4, Calvo 4, Khobuntin 2, Agovida 0, Camson 0, Celda 0, Faundo 0.
Phoenix (104) - Gee 45, Perkins 20, Mallari 11, Gamboa 8, Marcelo 6, Jazul 6, Napoles 3, Chua 2, Kramer 2, Garcia 1, Potts 0,
Quarterscores: 28-20, 54-42, 74-76, 106-104.