COLUMBIAN Dyip subdued NorthPort, 114-108, for its second win in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Dyip cut loose with a torrid offensive onslaught in the third where they seized momentum, before they outhustled the Batang Pier in the fourth to bounce back from last Sunday’s 96-90 loss to Rain or Shine and secure their second win in three outings.
CJ Perez tallied 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists to lead the Dyip, who posted a 112-103 lead in the last two minutes on Kaphri Alston’s basket.
The Batang Pier came to within 112-107 as Nico Elorde, eluding three Columbian defenders, scored a drive. The Batang Pier had a couple of turnovers after that, before they came even closer at 112-108 on a quick triple by Kevin Ferrer in the last 23 seconds.
That proved to be NorthPort’s last stand in the game as Reden Celda sank two free throws to seal the win for Columbian, 114-108, and send the Batang Pier reeling to their second loss in three games.
Meanwhile, the PBA delegation composed of league personnel, and staff and team officials of San Miguel Beer and NLEX left yesterday on board Emirates for a nine-hour trip to Dubai where the league will hold a couple of games.
The Beermen and Road Warriors are set to meet on Friday at 8 p.m. (12 a.m. Manila time) at the Coca-Cola Arena. Then on Saturday, the Road Warriors play Barangay Ginebra in the same arena at 6 p.m. (10 p.m. Manila time). Both games are part of the Governors’ Cup eliminations.
In another development, Alaska is set to parade new import in Franko House as it takes on Meralco on Friday. Alaska’s sudden change in import became necessary after Justin Watts injured his calf during a practice.
The Aces are still winless in three games. Watts averaged 31.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in his first two outings with the Aces before he missed Alaska’s game versus San Miguel last Sunday. The Aces lost in that match as well.
Alaska became the second team to make a sudden change in import this early in the elimination after Rain or Shine which has also replaced its import in Joel Wright.
Columbian (114) - Perez 26, Alston 25, McCarthy 18, Camson 14, Khobuntin 11, Tiongson 6, Celda 5, Calvo 3, Cahilig 2, Faundo 2, Gabayni 2, Corpuz 0.
NorthPort (108) - Bolick 23, Tautuaa 22, Lanete 19, Ammons 15, Ferrer 11, Escoto 7, Elorde 5, Cruz 4, Mercado 2, Taha 0, King 0.
Quarterscores: 22-30, 52-60, 90-85, 114-108.