Columbian Dyip hung tough down the stretch to eke out a 100-98 victory over the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters, Saturday in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.
With the crucial win, the Dyip thus revived their flickering playoffs aspiration alive as they improved to 3-7. The Fuel Masters, on the other hand, dropped to 4-5 to stay at sixth place in the team standings.
Reden Celda came out clutch, burying a tough floater that would eventually become a game-winner with 9.3 seconds left. He finished with 17 points, eight assists, and four rebounds in his return from a two-game absence due to an injury.
Lester Prosper set the pace for Columbian with 25 points, 21 rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and a steal. Rashawn McCarthy produced 19 points on top of four rebounds, four assists, a steal, and a block, while rookie CJ Perez finished with 18 points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals in over 42 minutes that he saw action.
Richard Howell had 35 points, 23 rebounds, a game-high seven steals, and four assists to lead Phoenix, which had the chance to seal the win outright, but Glen Khobuntin swatted RJ Jazul’s attempt and Celda nailed the go-ahead jumper on the other end
COLUMBIAN 100 – Prosper 25, McCarthy 19, Perez 18, Celda 17, Khobuntin 6, Reyes 5, Camson 4, Escoto 4, Cahilig 2, Faundo 0, Tabi 0.
PHOENIX 98 – Howell 35, Wright 23, Jazul 12, Intal 8, Mallari 7, Perkins 7, Chua 6, Kramer 0, Marcelo 0, Napoles 0, Dennison 0.
Quarter scores: 22-27, 49-40, 73-71, 100-98.