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Gary David rarely dunks in a game. So when he threw the ball down during the second quarter for Powerade, it seemed like he was making a statement.
The statement was heard loud and clear by the Petron Blaze Boosters .
David totalled 42 points to notch a new career-high as Powerade defeated Petron, 108-94, Sunday night in the 2011-12 PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
The Tigers tied Petron in the team standings with a 3-3 win-loss record for fifth place.
Powerade coach Bo Perasol talked about the importance of beating Petron following a so-so opening to the conference that saw a disappointing loss to Barangay Ginebra last week in Victorias City, Negros Occidental.
“We are going to be better. We will be experiencing some adversities and struggles but in the end, because we have the kind of players that we want, we are going to be a competitor this conference,” said Perasol.
David’s throwdown in the second period put the Tigers back in the ballgame, but it was his seven-point swing in the fourth quarter that pushed them ahead for good.
David scored a fastbreak lay-up from a JVee Casio pass to tie the game at 83-all, before pushing his team ahead with a triple from a pass by Marcio Lassiter. He took over once again on the next scoring play for Powerade with a driving lay-up as the Tigers take an 88-83 lead with 5:30 left in the game.
Powerade led, 92-89, when the Tigers got a break as Arwind Santos was ejected for elbowing Ricky Calimag. The Boosters would only score two field goals after the ejection of their best player.
The second half was delayed after Petron’s Rob Reyes broke a goal while dunking during warmups. The rim was repaired with PBA commissioner Chito Salud asking both teams to refrain from hanging on to the rims during the game.
POWERADE 108 – David 42, Kramer 18, Lingganay 11, Lassiter 11, Calimag 9, Casio 6, Antonio 4, Anthony 3, Vanlandingham 2, Crisano 2, Adducul 0.
PETRON 94 – Santos 23, Cabagnot 22, Lutz 15, Ildefonso 9, Agustin 6, Sharma 6, Yeo 5, Miranda 4, Guevarra 2, Reyes 2, Doruelo 0, Baclao 0.
Quarterscores: 20-30, 48-47, 74-77, 108-94
RAIN OR SHINE BLOWS OOUT MERALCO BY 44 POINTS
Beau Belga, Rain or Shine’s burly big man, nonchalantly hoisted a three-pointer over Meralco’s Asi Taulava early in the third quarter, hitting it off the glass and running downcourt as if he called it.
It was the last thing the Bolts wanted to see in an already lopsided game, but it was that kind of evening for the Elasto Painters.
Rain or Shine converted a franchise-record 22 three-pointers to beat Meralco, 139-95, Sunday night to take the solo lead in the 2011-12 PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
Ronjay Buenafe led the Elasto Painters’ onslaught with 24 points on eight-of-12 shooting from the field, as his second quarter efforts sparked the victory, which saw Rain or Shine come just one three-pointer short of the record set by Talk ‘N Text in 2009.
The Elasto Painters climbed to first place with 5-1, half a game ahead of idle Barako Bull and Talk ‘N Text.
Rain or Shine had seven players in double figures with Jeff Chan tallying 20 points, Paul Lee chipping in 19 and Belga adding 14. Jervy Cruz, Ronnie Matias and JR Quinahan each had 10 points for the Elasto Painters.
Buenafe hurt Meralco the most in the first half, scoring 15 points that gave Rain or Shine a 68-41 lead at the break. The Elasto Painters didn’t let up as they started the third period with nine straight points.
Chan hit the team’s 19th triple of the game for a 45-point lead before ex-Rain or Shine guard Sol Mercado answered with a three-pointer just before the buzzer at the end of the third quarter, which saw the Elasto Painters leading 106-64.
Quinahan joined the three-point shooting fray as he converted Rain or Shine’s 20th three-pointer, with Chan converting the 21st. Jonathan Uyloan capped off the Elasto Painters’ hot shooting at the 2:50 mark for a 131-87 edge.
Mark Cardona had 25 points as the Bolts failed to avenge their 89-84 loss to the Elasto Painters in their first encounter.
Rain or Shine 139 – Buenafe 24, Chan 20, Lee 19, Belga 14, Cruz 10, Matias 10, Quinahan 10, Norwood 7, Rodriguez 7, Arana 6, Ibanes 5, Jaime 4, Uyloan 3.
Meralco 95 – Cardona 25, Omolon 13, Mercado 12, Espinas 12, Isip 9, Hugnatan 9, Laete 4, Faundo 3, Yee 3, Macapagal 3, Ballesteros 2, Taulava 0, Borboran 0.
Quarterscores: 33-20, 68-41, 106-64, 139-95