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Jerramy King provides silver lining as Columbian slumps yet again

Jerramy King provides silver lining as Columbian slumps yet again

THE losses keep piling up again for Columbian Dyip, but Jerramy King is far from disheartened.

“This team is hungry for a win and so we just keep on fighting,” said King, whose big game was again put to naught following the team’s 116-104 loss to NLEX on Wednesday in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

King, a free-agent pick-up last conference, finished with 22 points (6-of-11 from the field and 3-of-6 from long range), seven rebounds, and three assists -numbers that weren’t enough to steer the Dyip into the win column.

Columbian is now 0-3 this conference, and 0-19 in this same tournament since 2016 including 0-11 last season under former coach Chris Gavina.

But King is preaching patience, saying the Dyip need time to adjust to new coach Johnedel Cardel’s system.

“I think we’re all adjusting pretty well. It just takes time,” said King, who is leading all Dyip locals in scoring with a 24.3-point average per game. “We need to learn how to close out games better.”

Like in their first two losses to Meralco and Phoenix, Columbian again kept the game close against NLEX and didn’t fold up until the final four minutes when the Road Warriors went on a 9-2 closing run for a 116-104 cushion inside the final 55 seconds.

“We just don’t have it right now to finish it in the fourth,” said King.

The Columbian guard hopes the team would turn things around come the next game even if it meant getting past debuting two-time champion Barangay Ginebra.

“It’s going be a tough challenge but we’re up for it,” said King.