Philippine Basketball Association: CJ shines as Columbian topples San Miguel Beer

January 18, 2019

IT’S CJ  Perez’s  time in the PBA.

Perez scored a  team-high 26 points in  his  much-awaited  debut as Columbian Dyip pulled off a stunning 124-118 win over defending champion San Miguel Beer in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Cuneta  Astrodome in Pasay City..

Perez, the No . 1 draft pick overall, struck hardest in the second  half  when he scored 24 points to lead the Johnedel Cardel-mentored Dyip to a  shock victory over the Beermen.

Perez, widely considered as a game-changer even since his Lyceum of the Philippines days in the NCAA, was at his best in the  second half enough to earn the praise of Cardel and  the coaching staff.

The 25-year-old MVP went 8-of-14 from the  floor in the final 24 minutes in  a  strong debut that matched the  26-point performance of NCAA rival Robert Bolick in NorthPort’s victory over Blackwater last Wednesday.

Perez was just 1-of-6 in the first half.

Medyo tight sa simula. Pero kilala ko siya since nasa Lyceum pa siya. I trusted him and I told him  na dalhin niya ang mga teammates niya. He did,” said  Cardel, referring to Perez.

It  was  not  all Perez, however, for Columbian.

Jackson Corpuz added 21 points, including eight in the fourth period, 11 rebounds and thre blocks,  while Reden Celda  contributed  15 points.

Arwind  Santos  topscored for San Miguel with a career-high-tying 34 points.

Marcio Lassiter added 25 points and  five-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo  had 16  points and 13 rebounds for  the  Beermen.

But Fajardo   made only  4-of-9  from  the   free trow and  committed  seven  turnovers

Three-time  scoring champion Terrence Romeo had  a  forgettable  debut  for  the  Beermen  with only seven points  in only 12 minutes while dealing with an injury in the third quarter.

Romeo  was earlier the  subject  of  scathing comments  of Alaska Milk  coach Alex Comption following  his trade to SanMiguel.

SMB officials, however, branded  the  accusations  of Comption  as “ unfortunate and unnecessary .”

The scores:    

Columbian (124) --  Perez 26, Corpuz 21, Celda 15, Reyes 12, Camson 11, Escoto 11, McCarthy 8, Agovida 8, King 7, Calvo 3, Cahilig 2, Khobuntin 0, Faundo 0, Gabriel 0.    

San Miguel (118) -- Santos 34,  Lassiter 25, Fajardo 16, Cabagnot 12, Nabong 11, Romeo 7, Standhardinger 6, Zamar 3, Ross 2, Pessumal 2, Tubid 0.

Quarterscores:  24-27, 51-54, 85-86, 124-118.