May 16, 2018

Injuries to its bigs hurting Dyip's ability to contend

Columbian Dyip has been one of the biggest surprises in the on-going 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, staying in step with the field with their even 3-3 slate.

But as impressive as their guards are, their usually active inside presence seem to have disappeared, putting bulk of the load on the shoulders of import Bailey John Fields.

Wondering why?

"May mga players kaming injured eh," answered Jackson Corpuz. "Yun din ang dahilan kaya hindi ako medyo maka-todo sa laro. Gusto ko man, medyo limitado din yung nagagawa ko."

With little to no defenders in the paint on Wednesday, Columbian suffered a 101-126 decimation at the hands of Magnolia where the Hotshots shot 57-percent from the field and win the battle of the boards, 52-47.

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Corpuz has been hobbled by a sprain that has been haunting him since last conference and would also force him to beg off from participating in the Slam Dunk Contest in the 2018 PBA All-Star Week.

Aside from him, JayR Reyes is also dealing with a knee injury, while Eric Camson is playing through back spasms as the Dyip are trying to make do with their depleted frontline.

Corpuz couldn't stop himself from being frustrated, knowing that the team needs all hands on deck to test some of the league's powerhouse teams.

"Frustrated talaga ako kasi hindi ako 100-percent," he said. "Hindi ako makatulong ng maayos. Nasa isip ko yung sprain ko at dahil sa sobrang alalay ko, kahit gusto kong maglaro, meron talaga akong nararamdaman."

Those won't bode well with the Dyip's chances, with them currently ranking ninth in the league in rebounding with only 49.8 boards per game, with Fields accounting for 15.3 of those.

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Luckily, Columbian embarks on a two-week break before returning on June 1 against TNT.(DL)