FINALS: Powerade Tigers 1 - 3 Talk N Text Tropang Texters
Published on November 28, 2011

POWERADE’s young stars are steadily rising, but Gary David remains very much the Tigers’ main go-to guy at the present. 

David stressed this anew by playing big roles in Powerade’s back-to-back wins that stoked its drive to the playoffs while earning for himself the Accel-PBAPress Corps Player of the Week honors for the period Nov. 21 to 27. 

It is the second such citation in the conference for the 33-year-old, who was also honored for the period Oct. 24-30, and coach Bo Perasol said it is only fitting.

“Gary has evolved from a purely scoring machine to a more complete player, a leader and an inspiration to his much younger teammates,” said Perasol,whose team also boasts of the likes of national team standouts Marcio Lassiter and Jayvee Casio. 

“What he has become will make our team more competitive,” added Perasol. 

David gave those statements more concrete form by averaging 21.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals in the week that was that saw the Tigers snap out of a three-game losing skid with a 102-84 win over and then following that up with a 131-96 drubbing of Talk N Text. 

Lassiter actually had better all-around numbers of 20.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.5 assists, but it was clearly David who pointed Powerade to the victories. 

The back-to-back scoring champion scattered 11 points in the opening quarter against the Clickers before practically allowing Lassiter, Doug Kramer and Casio to bring the team home. 

David changed gears a bit against TNT, scoring 19 in the two middle quarters before making six in the final canto to power the Tigers to their first win in 14 games against the Tropang Texters. 

Those victories gave Powerade a 5-7 win-loss record overall, good for a one-and-a-half game lead over Alaska for the eighth and last quarterfinals slot. 

The Tigers, who have finished no higher than seventh in the last seven conferences, wind up the eliminations against Meralco on Dec. 2 and Barako Bull four days later. 

For sure, David will once again take the lead in at least those games. In getting the scribes’ nod, David also beat out the likes of Petron Blaze’s Arwind Santos and B-MEG’s James Yap. 

Santos notched 23 points and 11 rebounds in a 76-75 squeaker over Meralco while Yap scored a personal conference-high 32 points in a 102-100 thriller over Rain or Shine (NC)


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