Coach Johnedel Cardel wanted his Columbian crew to dictate the defensive pace against Blackwater Friday. The Dyip all too willingly obliged.
And with Rashawn McCarthy, CJ Perez and Khapri Alston also taking the lead on the offensive end Columbian had little trouble racking up a wire-to-wire 102-90 victory over the Elite in the PBA Governors Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Following Cardel’s instructions to the letter Columbian prevented Blackwater from scoring more than 25 points in each of the four quarters, a defensive effort that was centered mainly on stifling Elite top gun Bobby Ray Parks.
Parks and the rest of Blackwater still found some sort of offensive rhythm going and trimmed what was a 15-point deficit to just 70-77 early in the fourth period.
But Reden Celda and Juami Tiongson each boomed in a triple and Jackson Corpuz and McCarthy followed suit a short time later to stretch Columbian’s lead to 91-77.
McCarthy’s seventh triple of the night not only gave him a team-high 25 points but also jacked the Dyip’s cushion to an insurmountable 100-85, only 1:30 left, ensuring their bounce-back from a 120-125 loss to TNT their last time out and improving their record to 3-2.
Columbian 102 – McCarthy 25, Alston 24, Perez 24, Celda 12, Tiongson 8, Corpuz 5, Gabayni 2, Cahilig 2, Flores 0, Gabriel 0, Calvo 0.
Blackwater 90 – Fuller 26, Parks 21, Maliksi 9, Sumang 7, Belo 7, Al-Hussaini 6, Cortez 5, Cruz 5, Digregorio 3, Javier 1, Desiderio 0, Dario 0.
Quarterscores: 28-18, 49-42, 77-67, 102-90.