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Lester Prosper relishes first PBA win

If there’s someone whom Lester Prosper owes for his PBA gig, it’s Rashawn McCarthy.

Prosper and McCarthy actually go way back. They spent some time together at the State University of New York College at Old Westbury playing for the Panthers program, and have become good friends since then.

So when the Columbian Dyip needed a replacement for Kyle Barone in the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup, McCarthy suggested his pal, who’s been traveling the world since 2011 to play pro ball.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

“That’s my college teammate, so we look out for each other,” said Prosper, who came from the British Basketball League before coming over. “That’s what it is.

“He looked out for me, so I’m gonna try to be the best that I can for Columbian.”

Prosper impressed right from the jump with gaudy numbers. Unfortunately, his efforts weren’t enough, as Columbian lost three straight matches – first against the Magnolia Hotshots, then TNT KaTropa, then the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.

But on Sunday night, the 6-foot-10 import finally tasted his first win in Asia’s pioneering pro league.

And it came at the expense of the San Miguel Beermen, 134-132, where Prosper erupted for 40 big points — half of which came from the opening frame alone — along with 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks.

Prosper, of course, is extremely ecstatic to finally rack up a win, which improved the Dyip’s record to 2-6.

“It felt amazing, man. Nothing comes easy for us, but I feel that we worked very hard so we deserve the win tonight,” the 30-year-old cager from Roseau, Dominica said. “They’re a tough team. Two of the best post players in the league, you know, they got some killer guards.

“But, you know, I’m happy that we snuck one out tonight.”

Prosper also acknowledged his teammates for providing in the win. CJ Perez erupted for 34 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and four steals, while McCarthy himself had 27 markers and 14 dimes.

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“Those guys were amazing,” Prosper lauded. “I love those guys. Those are my guys… It was great.”

For Prosper, he believes that things could have been different had he arrived at the Dyip earlier. But even if their playoff fate isn’t entirely in their hands now, he said that he and Columbian will keep working to stay ready.

“If I were here in the beginning, it would have been a lot different – we’re probably going to the playoffs. But we never know. We’re not out yet. We’re gonna keep working, and see what happens. See how the tables turn.”

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