Perez logged 26 points and five rebounds as the Dyip stunned the mighty San Miguel Beermen.
In the first half, probably because of rookie jitters, Perez wasn’t that effective as he seems adjusting to the flow of the game. He shot only 1-of-6 in the first two quarters.
It was in the second half where he was beasting and proved why he is the top overall pick of the 2018 PBA Draft. In the final 24 minutes of basketball action he made 8-of-14 from the field.
“Kilala ko siya, I’ve followed him since Lyceum pa siya and I gave him my confidence and told him na dalhin niya ang teammates niya. He did,” Columbian head coach Johnedel Cardel said.
Jackson Corpuz also had a great performance as he chipped in with his 21 points and eleven rebounds.
CJ Perez First Dunk In The PBA
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Terrence Romeo who also made his first game with the Beermen looks like still adjusting with his new squad.
He only scored seven points in an awful 2-of-7 shooting from the field.
In the third quarter, he twisted his ankle after he accidentally stepped on the foot of his defender. He was immediately pulled out by coach Leo Austria for a quick check-up.
Former MVP Arwind Santos led all scorers with his 34 points while five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo added 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Columbian vs San Miguel Box Score
Quarters: 24-27 | 51-54 | 85-86 | 124-118
Dyip (124) – Perez 26, Corpuz 21, Celda 15, Reyes 12, Camson 11, Escoto 11, McCarthy 8, Agovida 8, King 7, Calvo 3, Cahilig 2
Beermen (118) – Santos 34, Lassiter 25, Fajardo 16, Cabagnot 12, Nabong 11, Romeo 7, Standhardinger 6, Zamar 3, Ross 2, Pessumal 2