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Top rookie pick CJ Perez leads charge as Columbian stuns San Miguel

01:11 AM January 19, 2019
Top rookie pick CJ Perez leads charge as Columbian stuns San Miguel

CJ Perez impressive in PBA debut. PBA IMAGES

CJ Perez said he wanted to find out what he and Columbian are made of.

The top overall pick of this season’s PBA draft got his answer when the Dyip carved out a gritty 124-118 win over San Miguel Beermen in the curtain-raiser of the 2018 Philippine Cup on Friday at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.

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Perez unleashed 26 points as he paired with Jackson Corpuz and Reden Celda to hand the reigning conference champions a stunning loss in the two teams’ all-Filipino debut.

“I told the boys before the game, ‘If we apply the [what we learned from] three weeks practice and the [week-long] camp, we’ll have a chance,” said Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel said in Filipino.

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