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Adams' debut has to wait as Columbian focuses on keeping shape amid PBA break

by Reynald Magallon, May 10, 2020 6:13pm

The Columbian Dyip remains excited on what the 2019 draft top pick Roosevelt Adams can bring to the table for the team who are looking to finally break into the playoffs after missing in all of the three conferences last season.

The much anticipated PBA debut of Adams however has to still wait due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adams is seen to form a formidable one-two punch with last season's rookie of the year and scoring champion CJ Perez.

So far, Dyip Governor Bobby Rosales already liked what he is seeing from the 6'5" forward.

"Mukhang all-around player pero syempre iba ang actual game. Kaya talagang excited kami na makita siya in PBA action," Rosales told PBA.

"Many coaches who have seen him have only good words for him. Sana nga maayos at matulungan kami in our campaign," he added.

Adams showed glimpse of what he can bring to the table during a fruitful off-season for the Dyip that saw them beat the likes of Magnolia Hotshots. 

Aside from Adams, Columbian also loaded up with NCAA champs Bon Batiller and Christian Balagasay of the Letran Knights to join young guns Rashawn McCarthy, Juami Tiongson, Reden Celda and Jeepy Faundom.

For the meantime, the Dyip is keeping its focus maintaining the shape of their players in the middle of the long break.

"We divided the team into two groups, with one working out in the morning and the other in the afternoon. And we encourage our guys to have their individual training to make sure these guys are fit once the league resumes play," shared Rosales.

"Coach Johnedel Cardel and his staff monitor the workouts and they also participate. They're living by example," he added.

However, cloud of uncertainty surrounds the leagues' 45th Season as the PBA Board weighs their options after the Philippine Cup was halted for over two months already.

Depending on the situation of the health crisis in the country, the PBA will decide by August whether the season will push through with a single conference format or the entire season will get shelved.

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