Photo from PBA.ph
After scaring the league leader Talk 'n Text Tropang Texters, the winning ways of the very resilient Powerade Tigers have finally gone full circle last night as they beat one of the strongest teams in the PBA, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. Chris Porter, Gary David and Sean Anthony, the new triumvirate of the PBA powered their way against the big men of the Elasto Painters. They didn't give up and as a result, they slayed one of the big boys in the PBA via 98-96.
In the first quarter, AZ Reid dominated Powerade but when the 2nd half started, Gary David went hot and from then on the game has been very close down to the last buzzer. Chris Porter helped David in scoring and in rebounding the ball. Together they combined for 53 points. Porter added 24 monstrous rebounds in his resume. Powerade just executed their plays well in this game while Rain or Shine on the other hand allowed the game to control them. They were furious about none calls and other intangible things that went against them. The aura of this game was against them.
Will Antonio's outside sniping on the other hand gave his team enough cushion in the last 26 seconds of the 4th quarter, 94-91. Jeff Chan had a chance to tie the game with his patented three point shot but he committed an error. They were forced to foul Celino Cruz in the ensuing play. Celino calmly made both of his charities to increase their lead to 5 points. Rain or Shine made a late rally but it appeared that the 5 point lead was an enough cushion for Powerade to win.
Bo Perasol of Powerade felt good about this game. He said that:
“During the (pre-game) huddle I emphasized the things that would make us lose the game, the enemies we had and the chief of which are ourselves. There a lot of fears in our hearts, apathy or maybe mediocrity in the sense we seemed to be
content when we can be better. I made sure we challenged them.”
AZ Reid and Larry Rodriguez on the other hand combined for 36 points but Powerade was just too much for the two of them. They need to have more support coming from Gabe Norwood and Jeff Chan. They go down in the team standings with 3-2 record while Powerade continues to move up with a 2-3 record.
Here the scores from PBA.ph.
Powerade 98 - David 28, Porter 25, Cruz 10, Quinahan 9,Lanete 7, Macapagal 6, Antonio 6, Anthony 2,
Reyes R. 2, Gonzales 2, Reyes J. 1, Allera 0, Rizada 0, Espino 0.
Rain or Shine 96 - Rodriguez 19, Reid 17, Arana 14, Chan 13, Norwood 10, Tang 7, Belga 7, Buenafe 6,
Ibanes 2, Kramer 1, Vanlandingham 0, Ferriols 0.
Quarterscores: 16-23, 39-33, 68-62, 98-96