Columbian struck Rain or Shine with the upset axe anew to the tune of an 85-82 victory Wednesday and kept its target firmly within sight in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Rashawn McCarthy scored a gamehigh 22 points while the Dyip’s defense took full shape in the two middle quarters that led to their fourth straight win in as many games against the Elasto Painters dating to last season.
Jackson Corpuz came off the bench for 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocks and CJ Perez shrugged off a poor shooting night for 11 points and as many rebounds as Columbian improved to a 4-5 record overall.
Coach Johendel Cardel is visibly pleased after his Dyip heeded his call to bounce back big-time from a 100-106 loss to Blackwater last Friday.
“After losing to Blackwater, we talked and I told the boys, ‘That’s it. Tama na iyon.’ Meron pa kaming three more games and we need those three games,” related Cardel.
The loss is the second straight for Rain or Shine and a stinging one since it further jeopardized its bid for a top two finish and a twice-to-beat advantage over a lower-ranked squad in the next round.
Columbian 85 – McCarthy 22, Corpuz 12, Perez 11, Calvo 8, Faundo 7, Khobuntin 7, Celda 5, Camson 6, Cahilig 3, Escoto 2, Agovida 2, Reyes 0.
Rain or Shine 82 – Borboran 21, Yap 12, Mocon 12, Daquioag 10, Ahanmisi 7, Nambatac 6, Norwood 5, Belga 4, Torres 3, Ponferada 2, Rosales 0.
Quarterscores: 15-26, 42-40, 66-59, 89-82.