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Perez says Columbian now gaining respect after impressive wins

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CJ Perez believes Columbian has now gained the respect of the league’s powerhouse teams after being the cellar dwellers in past conferences.

Despite their measly 3-7 record, the Dyip have actually won two of their last three games with their only loss in that stretch coming by way of a two-point loss to NorthPort in which import Lester Prosper was called for goaltending for touching the rim while Robert Bolick was taking the lay-up.

While the Dyip have yet to become a contender in the league, Perez, however, said he is happy that Columbian is making it hard on its opponents to get a win.

“Nakakadikit na kami. At least ngayon, paghahandaan na nila kami. Hindi ‘yung kapag Columbian kalaban, chill lang ‘to. Parang ganun,” Perez said.

Perez had 18 points in the victory against Phoenix Pulse on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Dyip remained in the running for a quarterfinal berth, even having a chance to reach as high as fourth place depending on what will happen in the next few games of the conference.

Perez is hopeful Columbian will be able to make a last push to make it to the playoffs.

“Bigay lang namin effort namin para wala kaming isipin na hindi namin binigay ‘yung best namin. Sabi nga, may chance. Pero kung makakapasok, why not,” said Perez.