Playing with effort, energy and intensity missing in their game last conference, the Columbian quintet clobbered an NLEX side that, on the other hand, struggled with injuries to key players and lack of preparation with its import.
CJ Aiken, Reden Celda, Rashawn McCarthy, Jerramy King and Eric Camson formed a lethal five that powered the team to a second win after a resounding 126-98 victory over Blackwater on opening day.
And with its 2-1 tournament start, Columbian is now assured of improvement from its 1-10 showing in the recent Philippine Cup.
Though playing a third game in seven days, Aiken and his teammates played with tremendous energy and firepower to utterly dominate the Road Warriors.
Aiken went 3-of-3 from the arc and executed numerous jams to highlight a 28-point game, Celda came through with 26 markers, King added 23 while McCarthy flirted with a triple-double game with 13 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds.
He could have completed a triple-double had he not been rested by coach Ricky Dandan with 36 seconds left to play.
“We just want to make a better showing. We have new guys who are stepping up and everybody’s stepping up. Coach is pushing us to work hard and it’s paying off,” said McCarthy.
Dandan, meanwhile, once again attributed their improvement on their change of attitude.