Sec­ond straight win on crosshairs of the Dyip

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! - OMING off a morale-boost­ing win, Columbian is now look­ing for­ward to tak­ing an­other big step in its bid to crash the PBA Philip­pine Cup quar­ter­fi­nals.

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) -

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