Second straight win on crosshairs of the Dyip
No less than Rashawn McCarthy expressed the Dyip's immediate goal in their matchup against the Blackwater Elite Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
"Another important game if we expect to move on to the quarterfinals. I think it's a winnable game," said McCarthy.
The Fil-Am guard was quick to add he doesn't expect no walk in the park either against a Blackwater side currently next-tolast in the 12-team field with a 1-6 record.
"We're in a good position to move into the top eight and we want to move on to the quarterfinals so I look forward to the game on Friday," stated McCarthy.
"I'm sure they want to move into the win-column also, so every game is a challenge. We don't expect no easy game."
Such caution-tempered confidence is needed if Columbian hopes to follow up its 86-85 squeaker over Meralco just last Wednesday and improve its current seventh-running 3-4 slate. That win, powered by McCarthy's career-high 30 points, also cut short the Dyip's three-game slide.
The Dyip's urgency to show up with their A-game is heightened even more by the fact the Elite can do a Columbian and snap out of their four-game slide.
That explains why Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel is more wary in his approach. "We have four more games (in the eliminations) so one game at a time," he said.
"We don't underestimate Blackwater so hopefully we can get that win."
There is ample reason for Cardel's guarded statement since, based on its last game, Blackwater seems ready to snap out of its funk.
The Elite stayed toe-totoe with perennial contender Alaska in their Feb. 13 meeting, with the Aces needing late-game heroics from Carl Bryan Cruz, Sonny Thoss and Chris Banchero to escape with a 102-101 decision.
After that game, Blackwater coach Bong Ramos used the break the league took for the FIBA World Cup qualifiers to further reinvigorate, refine the game and refocus his charges.(NC) -