FINALS: Powerade Tigers 1 - 3 Talk N Text Tropang Texters
Published on November 24, 2011

AT the moment, what wants is simply to enter the win column and avoid going 0-14 in its maiden conference as a member of the Philippine Basketball Association. 

Just one win. 

But hey, should the Clickers manage to achieve that goal in Friday night’s game against the Powerade Tigers, they would still have a very slim chance of squeaking into the quarterfinal round. 

 That’s looking way, way ahead, though, and coach Franz Pumaren is unlikely to be pushing his wards to shoot for the stars when they can’t even get to the moon yet.

So, it’s still just one win for the Clickers. And it might be doable considering the fact that Powerade is in a slump, having absorbed four straight losses to drop to 3-7. 

The skid started when the Tigers lost their growl and their bite when they were blown off the court by Barako Bull, 117-78, last November 6. 

Three days later came a 95-86 setback inflicted by undermanned defending champion Talk N Text. The Tigers had the opportunity of checking the skid as they outplayed the Meralco Bolts for more than three quarters and led by as many as 10 points. 

But in the end, the Bolts still prevailed, 98-96, behind the endgame heroics of Mark Cardona. After that, Powerade yielded to Alaska, 121-111. 

The victory gave the Aces a chance to overtake the Tigers at eighth spot had they exacted revenge against Barangay Ginebra last Wednesday. 

Alaska lost to the Kings but is still a threat to Powerade with a 3-8 mark. 

Should the Tigers lose in the 5:15 pm match, they will be tied with the Aces. Should Powerade repeat over which it had beaten, 98-87, in their first meeting last October 5, the Clickers will be ousted and the Aces will be in dire straits. 

Main man for the Tigers is Gary David, the leading scorer of the league with 20.9 points a game. Also valuable contributors are rookies Joseph Evans Casio and Marcio Lassiter. 

Against Alaska, David, Lassiter and Casio all wound up with 20 points or more but their efforts fell short. 

Casio, the top pick of the 2011 Daft, is slowly but surely showing the stuff that he’s made of. 

The former De La Salle Green Archer hit a career-high 26 points against the Aces and also had 11 assists aside from two rebounds and two steals. 

Lassiter, the fourth pick of the Draft, wound up with 25 points, eight boards, five steals, two assists and a blocked shot. For sure, the Tigers have the scorers. 

What they lack are the rebounders as they are pinning their hopes on aging veterans Rommel Adducul and Alex Crisano, their only legitimate centers. 

Undersized William Antonio, Sean Anthony and Doug Kramer are trying their best to cast their shadow in the shaded area, though. 

In the battle off the boards, will counter with the likes of veterans Dennis Daa and Homer Se along with rookies Magi Sison and James Ryan Sena, their leading rebounder. 

Sena, a slotman out of Jose Rizal University, averages 8.9 boards a game. 

Expected to engage David in a scoring duel is Ren-ren Ritualo, who has yet to regain the touch that had made him one of the most feared hitmen during his college days at La Salle and his early years in the pros. 

Backing Ritualo up are Jojo Duncil, Paolo Hubalde and RJ Jazul. (BP)


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