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Columbian Dyip

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Columbian Dyip is a professional basketball team playing in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). The team is owned by Columbian Autocar Corporation and previously played under the Kia (Sorento, Carnival, Picanto) and Mahindra (Enforcer, Floodbuster) names.

Columbian Dyip
2019 Columbian Dyip season
Columbian Dyip logo
HistoryKia Sorento (2014–15)
Kia Carnival (2015)
Mahindra Enforcer (2015–16)
Mahindra Floodbuster (2016–17)
Kia Picanto (2017–18)
Columbian Dyip (2018–present)
Team colorsGreen, Navy Blue, White
Team managerJoe Lipa
Head coachJohnedel Cardel
OwnershipJose C. Alvarez


Kia Sorento/Carnival



On April 10, 2014, Columbian Autocar Corporation, along with Manila North Tollways Corporation (NLEX Road Warriors) and Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Inc. (Blackwater Elite) were approved by the PBA Board of Governors to become expansion teams for the 2014–15 PBA season.[1] Upon entry to the PBA, the three teams will select players from a dispersal draft in July consisting of unprotected current PBA players and free agents.[2] They will also get to pick rookies in the 2014 PBA draft in August.[3] On June 9, 2014, the team held a press conference, announcing that boxer Manny Pacquiao will coach their team in the 2014–15 season.[4] After announcing his intentions to join the draft, Pacquiao was picked 11th overall in the first round by the Kia team, thus becoming a playing coach.

A naming contest was held to determine the team's moniker or name.[5] On August 24, 2014, hours after the 2014 PBA draft, Columbian Autocar Corporation president Ginia Domingo announced that they would take the moniker "Sorento", the name of their top-selling Kia sports utility vehicle in the Philippines and United States.[6] Prior to obtaining its official moniker, the team was dubbed as "The Kia Kamao" which is a call back to Pacquiao's nickname "Pambansang Kamao".[7]

Kia Sorento/Carnival (2014–15 season)Edit

The Sorento marked their first win in franchise history after they defeated their fellow expansion team Blackwater Elite in the opening of the 2014–15 PBA season at the Philippine Arena. They lost their next ten games and finished 11th in the Philippine Cup.

For the 2015 Commissioner's Cup, the team changed its name to "Kia Carnival" to promote the introduction of the 2015 model of its namesake minivan.[8] The team signed Puerto Rican player Peter John Ramos as their reinforcement.

In the 2015 Governors' Cup, the team selected Senegalese national team center Hamady N'diaye and Taiwanese stalwart Jet Chang as imports. The team created history by having the first Senegalese and Taiwanese imports in the league.

Mahindra Enforcer (2015–16 season)Edit

Logo of the Mahindra Enforcer for the 2015–16 season

On July 15, 2015, team managers Eric Pineda and Joe Ramos announced that the team will play the 2015–16 season as the "Mahindra Enforcer".[9] The name change reflects the thrust of the company to introduce the Mahindra automobile brand.[10]

Mahindra Enforcer became the first team in the PBA to have its own training facility, with the unveiling of "The Hardcourt" on March 12, 2016. The Hardcourt, which also contains a swimming pool, and a weights room, is located within the grounds of Azure Urban Resort and Residences in Bicutan, Parañaque. The facility will also have a basketball shooting machine.[11]

For the 2016 Commissioner's Cup, the team signed the American player Augustus Gilchrist as their reinforcement

During the 2016 Governor's Cup, the Enforcers made their best start in their franchise history with 4–0 record. The franchise also made their first ever PBA playoff appearance but they lost to the Meralco Bolts in the quarterfinals.

Mahindra Floodbuster (2016–17 season)Edit

On October 30, 2016, during the draft day, the team announced that the team will play 2016–17 season as the "Mahindra Floodbuster" to introduce the flood-proof variant of the Mahindra Enforcer, the Floodbuster.

Kia Picanto (2017–2018)Edit

On July 6, 2017, seven days before the 2017 Governors' Cup, the team announced that the team will play as the "Kia Picanto" to introduce the all new Kia Picanto.

Columbian Dyip (2018–present)Edit

On April 3, 2018, the PBA announced that the team will play as the "Columbian Dyip" starting in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.[12] This is the third brand to be used by the franchise, after Kia and Mahindra.

Team rosterEdit

Columbian Dyip roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # POB Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
G 0   Celda, Reden 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1992–03–01 National-U
F 1   Corpuz, Jackson 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1989–02–08 Philippine Christian
G/F 3   Cabrera, Roider 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1991–03–15 Adamson
F/C 4   Reyes, Jay-R 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1984–07–16 Philippines-Diliman
G 5   Tiongson, Juami 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1991–02–05 Ateneo
F/C 6   Gabriel, Jonjon 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) –01–06 San Lorenzo
G/F 7   Perez, CJ (R) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1993–11–17 Lyceum
G 8   Calvo, JP (R) 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) –09–29 Letran
F 10   Cahilig, Andreas 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 1991–01–22 EARIST
G 11   McCarthy, Rashawn 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1989–09–10 SUNY–Old Westbury
F 12   Khobuntin, Glenn (C) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1991–09–07 National-U
F 13   Camson, Eric (IN) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 228 lb (103 kg) 1990–05–12 Adamson
F/C 15   Faundo, Jeepy (R) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 1995–09–19 UST
G/F 23   Agovida, Keith 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1990–02–14 Arellano
F 25   Alston, Khapri (I) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1994–07–01 Midwestern State
F/C 26   Flores, Lervin 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 1992–09–26 Arellano
F/C 28   Gabayni, Joseph 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 1994–09–28 Lyceum
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Team manager

  • (C) Team captain
  • (I) Import
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • (R) Rookie
  •   Injured


Head coachesEdit

Columbian Dyip head coaches
Name Start End Seasons Overall Record Best finish
Manny Pacquiao 2014 2017 3 28 73 28% 101 DNQ
Chris Gavina 2017 2017 1 0 2 0% 2 DNQ
Ricky Dandan 2017 2018 1
Johnedel Cardel


All-time rosterEdit

Local Players
Import Players
  •   Khapri Alston

Season-by-season recordsEdit

Records from the 2019 PBA season:
Conf. Team name Elimination round Playoffs
Finish W L PCT Stage Results
PHI Columbian Dyip 10th/12 4 7 .364 Did not qualify
COM 11th/12 3 8 .273 Did not qualify
Total elimination round 7 15 .318 0 Semifinal appearances
Total playoffs 0 0 0 Finals appearances
Total 2019 7 15 .318 0 Championships
Total franchise 41 115 .263 0 Championships

*one-game playoffs
**team had the twice-to-beat advantage

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ PBA approves entry of new teams NLEX, Kia, Blackwater for next season Archived October 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine Rey Joble,, April 10, 2014
  2. ^ PBA readies dispersal draft Joaquin Henson,, June 4, 2014
  3. ^ PBA: GlobalPort denies trading to Ginebra its 2014 first round pick Snow Badua, SportsDesk, Jun 13, 2014
  4. ^ Kia names Manny Pacquiao head coach of their expansion team, GMA News Online, June 9, 2014
  5. ^ Kia puts up contest for PBA team name, 15 finalists to win US trip to watch NBA game Archived July 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, Joshua Lopez,, May 29, 2014
  6. ^ Kia finally settles on a moniker for PBA team – and it's neither Kamao nor Pride, Snow Badua,, August 24, 2014
  7. ^ "PBA: Call them the 'Kia Kamao' says Pacquiao". GMA Network Online. June 9, 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  8. ^ Badua, Snow (January 23, 2015). "KIA changing moniker of PBA ballclub from Sorento to Carnival – seriously". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved January 23, 2015.
  9. ^ "PBA ballclub rolls out new name, switches from KIA Carnival to Mahindra Enforcers". July 15, 2015. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  10. ^ "PBA: Kia plans to change name to 'Mahindra Enforcers'". July 15, 2015. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  11. ^ "PBA team Mahindra's new training facility". Rappler. March 13, 2016. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  12. ^ "Newly-renamed Columbian battles Blackwater in Comm Cup opener". Dugout Philippines. April 3, 2018. Retrieved April 3, 2018.

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