FINALS: Powerade Tigers 1 - 3 Talk N Text Tropang Texters
Published on November 27, 2011

POWERADE finally broke Talk N Text's long-time spell and got an additional bonus in the process. 

Gary David scored 27 points in leading a slew of Tigers who came up big in a 131-96 win Sunday that further stoked their drive for a quarterfinals slot in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. 

 The Tropang Texters just had a fresh addition to their growing injury list, but there was still no tempering the Tigers' celebration following their second straight win that was fashioned in the most emphatic fashion.

After snapping a 13-game losing skein to TNT back to 2008, Powerade improved to a 5-7 win-loss slate and, more important for Perasol, his wards have seemingly fully recovered from their recent three-game slide. 

"I was just encouraging them, telling them that we should not be afraid to win," related Perasol. 

"We should not be fearing success since they were handpicked to do just that. They have to believe they have what it takes to get a win." 

The loss snapped TNT's six-game winning streak but it still retained top spot with an 8-2 record. The victory was a very coveted one for Powerade as it moved one-and-a-half games ahead of Alaska for the eighth and last quarterfinals berth. 

It winds up its elimination round assignments against Meralco on Dec. 2 and Barako Bull Dec. 6. Yet Perasol prefers not to look that far ahead. 

"We are not yet out of the woods," he maintained. There is still some satisfaction for Perasol, who has not beaten TNT since coming into the team formerly known as Coca-Cola midway through the 2009-10 Philippine Cup. 

In all, the Tigers have not beaten the Tropang Texters since the 2008 Fiesta Conference. "It feels good to do that," said Perasol. 

The Tropang Texters' cause readily looked bleak when Jared Dillinger did not suit up due to a left heel injury and joined Jimmy Alapag (ankle), Ryan Reyes and Aaron Aban (knee) and Ali Peek (gunshot wound) in the sidelines. 

"Without our top four defenders (Peek, Ryan, JD and Aaron) we are sitting ducks. We are back to being the worst defensive team and it showed tonight," TNT coach Chot Reyes said in his Twitter account. 

Kelly Williams scored 18 points and four other Talk ‘N Text players wound up with double figures, but they and the rest of the 13-man crew coach Reyes fielded could not keep pace with the Tigers' fiery surges from midway in the opening quarter on. 

Typifying TNT's bad shooting night was Ranidel de Ocampo going scoreless. In the end, it was the former Mobiline franchise's worst defeat since getting blasted by Purefoods 73-110 in the 1998 Commissioner's Cup. 

For the Tigers, the 35-point win matched the biggest winning margin in franchise history which they recorded twice in 2003, curiously while still under Reyes. Powerade also helped carve that bit of history by issuing a conference-high 38 assists and shooting a torrid 49-of-90 (54.4 percent) from the field, which is also a tournament-best for the team and third overall among the teams. 

Its 131 is also just second to the tourney's best of 139 notched by Rain or Shine in a 44-point win over Meralco. 

Marcio Lassiter added 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists while Sean Anthony, Jayvee Casio and Doug Kramer each had at least 13 points. 

The biggest surprise of the game was Romel Adducul, 35, who wound up with 10 points, eight rebounds and three feeds. 

While David and Lassiter took care of the scoring with six points apiece, Adducul was defending, rebounding and chipping in two points of his own after TNT has whittled what was once a 40-71 deficit to just 65-81, 3:08 left in the third period.

David scattered 11 points in the second quarter and Powerade made 12-of-19 shots from the floor in doubling TNT's 17-point output and erecting a 61-35 bulge at the break. (NC) 

The scores: 

POWERADE 131 - David 27, Lassiter 19, Anthony 17, Casio 14, Kramer 13, Adducul 10, Cruz 9, Crisano 7, Vanlandingham 6, Antonio 4, Martinez 3, Lingganay 2, Allera 0. 

TALK N' TEXT 96 - Williams 18, Castro 15, Carey 15, Oreta 14, Fonacier 12, Aguilar 9, Weinstein 7, Gamalinda 6, Raymundo 0, Membrere 0, Alvarez 0, De Ocampo 0, Lao 0. 

Quarterscores: 27-18, 61-35, 95-70, 131-96


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