CJ Perez impresses as Columbian shocks San Miguel
Top rookie pick CJ Perez looked good as advertised as he led the Columbian Dyip stun defending champs San Miguel Beermen, 124-118, opening their PBA Philippine Cup on a high note on Friday at Cuneta Astrodome.
Perez poured 26 points to lead Columbian, which finished last season’s Philippine Cup last with just a solitary win.
Jackson Corpuz backstopped Perez with 21 points.
Perez nailed the go-ahead fastbreak basket to break a 112-112 deadlock before Rashawn McCarthy drained a triple to give the Dyip a 117-113 lead with just 1:07 left to play.
Perez then grabbed a Marcio Lassiter miss and scored a free throw as Columbian’s lead swelled to six points to put the finishing touches to the win.
Arwind Santos, meanwhile, paced the Beermen with 34 points while five-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo had 25 points and 13 rebounds.
Terrence Romeo had a quiet night in his San Miguel debut, finishing with just seven points.