PERHAPS one of the good things that’s happening right now to Columbian Dyip is that it has kept its mastery of Rain or Shine in the PBA.
The Dyip turned to Jackson corpus and JP Calvo for the big baskets in the stretch and got ample breaks at the same time to escape with an 83-82 win before a good-sized Wednesday crowd at the Smart Araneta Coliseum’.
Corpuz scored on a layup, pint-sized Calvo followed suit with a baseline jumper before Corpuz came through with another shot as the Dyip created an 83-79 cushion with 2:11 left in the game.
Gabe Norwood put RoS within 83-82 with a quick triple from left flank, and got a pair of chances to wrest the lead. Unfortunately, that did not happen, first they were forced by the Dyip to turn a three-second violation, and second Mark Borboran missed a hurried triple.
The Dyip then had the ball possession in the last 11 seconds which they wasted away to preserve the hairline lead and the victory.
The Dyip revved up their slate to 4-5 (win-loss), while dealing Rain or Shine its third loss in 10 outings which also put the Painters’ bid for one of top two slots in serious jeopardy.
It was also the fourth straight win by Columbian over Rain or Shine which it had also defeated in the last three meetings last season. Interestingly, the Dyip went 0-9 to the same team in their first three seasons in the PBA.
It seemed things were going easy for the Elasto Painters in the early goings, with Borboran and James Yap going virtually unchallenged from outside.
Borboran and Yap had two wide open triples each highlighting a 16-3 scoring binge which gave Rain or Shine a 26-15 lead in the first 12 minutes of action.
But the complexion changed dramatically right in the ensuing quarter, with the Painters turning cold on both ends.
In a sharp contrast, Columbian seemed doing fine on both ends and everybody was taking it easy in offense.
The Dyip first greeted the Painters at the onset of the second period with an 8-to-nothing salvo on baskets from Glenn Khobuntin, Eric Camson, and Keith Agovida as Columbian moved within 26-23.
The Painters kept their hold of the lead at 32-25 on basket by Ed Daquioag, but quickly lost it as Cahilig made a big triple igniting another Columbian run which gave the Dyip a 39-34 lead late in the second quarter.
Marc Borboran and Javee Mocon then fired a triple each to trim Columbian lead at 42-40 at the turn.
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