FINALS: Powerade Tigers 1 - 3 Talk N Text Tropang Texters
Powerade tries to complete a gigantic upset against top seed B-MEG as they square off in a knockout game in the 2011-12 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The Tigers eye their second win in the row against the Llamados in the lone game at 6 p.m. to be just the third team in the history of the PBA playoffs to dislodge a No. 1 ranked team.

“After the win, there are no doubts in the minds of the players we can compete against B-MEG,” said Powerade coach Bo Perasol, whose team forced a do-or-die game with a 97-88 win last Wednesday.

That victory negated the twice-to-beat advantage of B-MEG, which also saw its eight-game winning streak snapped by the Tigers.

The Llamados are now a loss away of joining Mobiline and Talk ‘N Text as top ranked teams that blew the incentive.

In the 1999 All-Filipino conference quarterfinals, the Phone Pals coached by Eric Altamirano lost to Ginebra on a buzzer-beating shot by Bal David.

The same franchise, rechristened Talk ‘N Text, was dealt the same fate by San Miguel Beer in the 2002 Governors’ Cup quarterfinals.

Despite his team losing the advantage, B-MEG coach Tim Cone remains upbeat about their chances to move on to the next round.

“Obviously, our respect for Powerade has really grown with the way they handled us in our last game,” said Cone.

“But we’ve got a confident crew and a number of veterans that have been through these types of situations before. We expect they’ll respond accordingly.”

Gary David and Marcio Lassiter combined for 56 points in the first game of the series to carry the scoring cudgels for Powerade.


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