Johnedel Cardel not putting too much weight on Columbian’s pre­sea­son win

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COLUMBIAN coach Johnedel Cardel hopes its re­cent tune-up game vic­tory is a start of some­thing good in the com­ing sea­son of the PBA.

The Dyip won over North­port, 97-83, on Mon­day in their first tune-up match in prepa­ra­tion for the 44th sea­son of the PBA.

Cardel in­sisted the Dyip are still far from com­pet­i­tive form de­spite the vic­tory.

“Malayo pa,” said Cardel. “This is only a tuneup game. North­port is a good team. They have a su­per­star in Stan­ley Pringle, (Sean) An­thony and (Mo) Tau­tuaa. They are very deep. Nagkataon lang na ma­g­a­nda ’yung linaro namin.”

“But I told the guys, this is a good be­gin­ning this com- ing all-filipino con­fer­ence,” said Cardel.

Com­ing off a dis­mal sea­son that saw them win just six games, Cardel said the Dyip must treat each game of the Philip­pine Cup as a cham­pi­onship game.

“That’s 11 games. That’s 11 tough games. Parang cham­pi­onship game be­cause the last time, ka­pag all-filipino, mahi­rap man­alo. We will try our best and we will have to im­prove our win­ning mark nung mga pre­vi­ous Columbian sea­sons,” said Cardel.

So far, Cardel is im­pressed with the con­tri­bu­tions of Columbian’s rook­ies CJ Perez, JP Calvo, Jeepy Faundo and Cyrus Tabi.

“I’m re­ally im­pressed with them. I told the guys na even though you are a rookie, don’t act like a rookie. Gusto ko mag­ing vet­er­ans kayo. What you did in your am­a­teur days, what you’ve ac­com­plished, gawin niyo rin,” said Cardel.

Cardel also said that for the past month, their vet­eran crew has been work­ing dou­bly hard to im­prove on their game, par­tic­u­larly on of­fense.

“We started ear­lier, three weeks ahead of the other teams. I told them na we have to im­prove our shoot­ing. We don’t have a post player and I know I have big man who can shoot. Ka­pag li­bre kayo, just take it. Ka­pag poste tayo, it’s a low per­cent­age shot. Sabi ko, ev­ery­time you are free, take it. If you miss, it’s okay. May bawi na­man,” said Cardel./

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