Kyle Barone scattered 31 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three blocks, and two steals to help the Columbian Dyip drub the reeling NLEX Road Warriors, 120-105, in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Unfortunately for Barone, the win, the Dyip's first in four outings, would be his last game as he will be replaced by Lester Prosper who will arrive on June 4.
Head coach Johnedel Cardel said Barone, despite being a great import, doesn't mesh well with Columbian.
"He's good, but he's just not fit for the team. We need someone from whom his teammates can feed energy," Cardel said during the post-game interview.
Starting the conference with three straight losses, Cardel knew that coming into the game everyone was going to play all out. In fact, CJ Perez almost breached the 40-point mark.
The sensational rookie wound up with 39 points, spiked by seven triples, to go with nine rebounds, three assists, and three steals.
Jackson Corpuz and Rashawn McCarthy combined for 30 markers.
Meanwhile, the Road Warriors continued to sputter and slid to a fourth straight loss in the mid-season tournament.
Although they got 32 points, 16 rebounds, and five assists from import Tony Mitchell, the Road Warriors simply couldn't find any answers for the Dyip, who led by as much 32 points.
Columbian 120 - Perez 39, Barone 31, Corpuz 18, McCarthy 12, Camson 7, Calvo 6, Celda 5, Cahilig 2, Faundo 0, Reyes 0, Cabrera 0, Khobuntin 0, Tabi 0.
NLEX 105 - Mitchell 32, Paniamogan 18, Tiongson 12, Soyud 12, Monfort 9, Baguio 8, Rios 4, Erram 4, Ighalo 3, Galanza 3, Paredes 0, Taulava 0, Magat 0, Lao 0.
Quarterscores: 24-22, 53-39, 93-67, 120-105.
- NLEX is now 0-2 with Mitchell, who replaced Curtis Washington.
- Columbian recorded 18 steals. The Dyip also capitalized on NLEX's 23 turnovers, scoring 28 points off those errors.
Columbian - vs Magnolia on June 16 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum
NLEX - vs Blackwater on June 8 at the Ynares Center in Antipolo