The Columbian Dyip went back on the defensive Friday to put the clamps on Blackwater Elite 102-90 and grab its third win of the PBA Governors' Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Rashawn McCarthy topped the Dyip with 25 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists, while CJ Perez (10 rebounds) and Khapri Alston (20) had 24 points apiece to go along with their double-doubles.
A stifling defensive plan by Columbian held Blackwater to just 38 percent from the field while effectively putting out fires that might have threatened a comfortable lead it built in the first half.
"We had good defense every quarter. We limited them to 20-21 points per quarter. That was really the goal because in the two losses we had, our defense was bad in the first half," coach Johnedel Cardel said. "I emphasized that every quarter is important. Our offense has no problems because everyone can shoot. Defense is important. They key to control the game is the defense. That's why we won the game."
The Dyip led by as many as 15, 33-18, in a comfortable first half before slowing down to allow Blackwater to come within an arm's reach, 62-59, after a triple by Ray Parks inched them closer at the 6:04 mark in the third frame. Perez responded for Columbian as he poured in 10 of his 22 during those 12 minutes, including a one-handed flush that capped a quick 6-0 burst after that Parks trey.
The final frame was not any friendlier to Blackwater, which allowed the Dyip to drain four triples to keep their foes at a distance and improve to 3-2 in the standings.
Columbian also made 13-of-36 shots from downtown (36.1 percent) and were led by McCarthy, who drained 7-of-13 3s in the win.
"We have shooting drills where they come off of fast game situations. I think they developed there. When you say skills on shooting, usually it's just about shooting but this time, there's movement there and everyone is doing good on that," said Cardel.
Aaron Fuller scored 24 points and grabbed 10 boards after being reactivated by the Elite in place of Marqus Blakely. Parks added 21 points but shot 6-for-19 (30 percent) from the field as Blackwater slipped to 1-3.
Columbian is hoping to take care of business against NLEX (4-1) on Wednesday next week to improve their quarterfinals hopes.
"Hopefully we can get another win on Wednesday. Very important. Goal is to make the quarterfinals. I told them if we win this game, we have a big chance of going to the quarterfinals," said Cardel.
Columbian 102 - McCarthy 25, Perez 24, Alston 24, Celda 12, Tiongson 8, Corpuz 5, Cahilig 2, Gabayni 2, Gabriel 0, Calvo 0, Flores 0.
Blackwater 90 - Fuller 26, Parks 21, Maliksi 9, Sumang 7, Belo 7, Al-Hussaini 6, Cortez 5, Cruz 5, Digregorio 3, Javier 1, Dario 0, Desiderio 0.
Quarters: 28-18, 49-42, 77-67, 102-90.
Thirteen of McCarthy's 15 shot attempts came from long range.
Aside from Fuller and Parks, no other player scored in double figures for Blackwater.
Columbian vs. NLEX on Oct. 16 at Ynares Center-Antipolo.
Blackwater vs. Magnolia on Oct. 16 at Ynares Center-Antipolo.