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Mar 25, 2019

Hope springs eternal for the Dyip with two playdates left in the eliminations

If Columbian Dyip is destined to be in the playoffs, it will.

That's the belief of coach Johnedel Cardel as the Dyip awaits the completion of the Philippine Cup elimination round.

The Dyip are done playing. They finished the 11-game eliminations with a 4-7 record that kept them in the waiting list while their future hangs in the balance.

"Kung talagang destiny namin ang pumasok (sa quarterfinals), makakapagknockout kami," Cardel said.

The Dyip drew lots of attention this conference largely due to their stunning victories over champion teams Rain or Shine, San Miguel and Ginebra.

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But Columbian couldn't overcome its lack of bench depth and experience and the team eventually came up short in its bid for an outright entry in the playoffs.

Still, hope spring eternal for the Dyip and their chances of grabbing a seat in the quarterfinals are many.

With two playdates left in the eliminations and four teams facing must win situations -- NLEX (4-6), Alaska (4-6), Meralco (3-7) and NorthPort (3-6) -- multiple ties and possible playoffs for the last two quarterfinals berths are not being discounted.

"Butas ng karayom dadaanan namin. But we'll take it mabigyan lang kami ng second chance," Cardel said.

The Dyip are seeking their first playoff appearance in the Philippine Cup since joining the league as an expansion team in 2014. (JT)

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