Top rookie pick CJ Perez leads charge as Columbian stuns San Miguel

first_imgView comments Perez unleashed 26 points as he paired with Jackson Corpuz and Reden Celda to hand the reigning conference champions a stunning loss in the two teams’ all-Filipino debut.“I told the boys before the game, ‘If we apply the [what we learned from] three weeks practice and the [week-long] camp, we’ll have a chance,” said Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel said in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“The stepping-up of CJ [Perez] at the second half. He was tentative in the first half. I was pushing him, I told him to carry the team.”Arwind Santos, San Miguel’s fourth oldest player at 37, was the spearhead of the offense Beermen that now also enjoy the services of hotshot guard Terrence Romeo. But his team-best 34 points didn’t matter against the pesky and youthful Dyip squad that even dictated the pace late in the third period. LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img Romeo had to sit down late in that frame following an awkward fall, and that opening was just what Perez needed as he fired the bulk of his total points all in the third. He only had two markers in the first half.As the game approached the final minute, Rashawn McCarthy sank a tough triple to put Columbian on the driver seat, 117-113, and preserve Perez’s heroics.This was Dyip’s first victory over the decorated Beermen in two years and in the prestigious conference.“This is a big fish. This is San Miguel Beer. I felt that if we get this win, it will be a big boost to the boys’ confidence,” said Cardel.Corpuz had 21 points in the affair, while Celda added 15 more.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next CJ Perez impressive in PBA debut. PBA IMAGESCJ Perez said he wanted to find out what he and Columbian are made of.The top overall pick of this season’s PBA draft got his answer when the Dyip carved out a gritty 124-118 win over San Miguel Beermen in the curtain-raiser of the 2018 Philippine Cup on Friday at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Love from Filipino, Indonesian fans in Jakarta adds motivation for Joshua Paciolast_img