It was yet another cardiac game for the Columbian Dyip on Friday evening in their last elimination round game of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup, when they clawed their way back from an 18-point deficit to threaten the TNT KaTropa.
The Dyip knocked to within just three points with 44.4 seconds remaining, thanks to Rashawn McCarthy’s triple.
Unfortunately, Lady Luck did not stay on their side for long. Columbian had chances to send the game into overtime, but McCarthy failed to sustain his touch from the outside as both of his potential game-tying treys missed.
“[It was] too late to realize na kaya namin manalo,” lamented Columbian head coach Johnedel Cardel moments after the match in Antipolo. “Just last seven minutes, eighteen points, hinabol namin, we realized na kaya pala.
The loss sent the Dyip to 4-7. Their playoff chances are not entirely in their hands anymore, as they will have to hope for the other teams such as NLEX, NorthPort, Magnolia, and Alaska to lose their remaining games.
It is definitely a tough predicament that they’re in, but Cardel is hopeful to fight for at least the last playoff spot.
“We’re hoping na the other teams … dun na lang kami magrerely muna, sa ibang teams kung magkakaroon kami ng chance na mag-knockout. Hopefully,” said Cardel, who’s in his second conference with the franchise.
“We’ll see, kung destiny talaga namin pumasok,” added the former PBA cager.
“Butas ng kayarom dadaanan namin.”
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