By: Kristina Caramel Sy
The Powerade Tigers trounced the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters with a concluding score of 110-108 for the 5th game of their best-of-7 semifinal series.
Jvee Casio listed 25 points and 3 assists to support Gary David in securing the very huge Win that gave them a 3-1 lead in the series.
Rain or Shine was just exchanging baskets with Powerade and was unable to stretch their lead into a two-digit figure.
Rain or Shine tried to widen their gap as they made a 17-6 run in the 4th Quarter that put the Tigers in the danger zone.
But David and Casio, who were still smoking on the court, answered the E-painters with their very own 7-0 run to slash their deficit to just one point in the last 36.6 seconds of the game clock.
That pressured the E-painters to shoot either an easy 3 point basket or an easy 2 point basket.
Being on the time pressure situation, E-painters finding the right tempo but they failed to sink a basket that led them to a turnover. Quiñahan tried to stop Lassiter in adding another score but he ended up fouling him to the basket.
Lassiter calmly dropped his 2 bonus free-throws that snatched a one point lead from the E-painters.
The E-painters were still under time pressure and due to that pressure, they incurred another turnover as Lassiter got the ball and Paul Lee attempted to steal back the ball but instead, he got a foul and placed Lassiter on the free-throw line once again.
However, Lassiter split his charities.
On the last 10.2 seconds, the E-painters tried to tie the game, but the Tigers put a tough defense which closed the game having a 2 point lead. They now have a 3-2 advantage in the semis and they will try to close out the series on Sunday.