Acquired from free agency after being released by original team Rain or Shine at the end of the last Philippine Cup, King sizzled for 30 points he highlighted with several key baskets that enabled the team, formerly alternately known as Kia and Mahindra, to pull away.
Rashawn McCarthy also had a big night, notching 22 points, six assists and three steals to make up for a relatively quiet scoring night for import CJ Aiken, who only finished with nine points in his PBA debut.
Aiken took just eight shots but did have 22 rebounds and six steals, leaving Dandan at a crossroads on whether to stick with him or bring in an unnamed backup.
“CJ is okay, but… he needs to be more aggressive,” said Dyip coach Ricky Dandan. “He has to be more aggressive against the other big imports, especially since we have (Prince) Onuaku (of Meralco) on Wednesday.
“We’ll see. We have three games this week. This is his first exam, so to speak.”
Blackwater reinforcement Jarrid Famous already had his way against Aiken with 35 points and 22 rebounds, but he did have 11 turnovers.
All because of a help defense coming from all directions that prevented Famous from completely imposing his will inside.