Gary David, last season’s scoring champ limited to 14 points in their last game, came back with his guns ablaze, rifling in 26 to lead Powerade to a 79-67 win over the Alaska Aces in the 2011-12 PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday.
David made two of six three-point attempts, eight of 13 two-point tries and four of four charities as he served as steady anchor carrying the Tigers to a second win in three games in the season.
The Aces, meanwhile, stayed winless in three starts with top guns LA Tenorio and Cyrus Baguio nowhere to be found in the contest.
Doug Kramer came through with a double-double game with 12 rebounds and 10 points with Marcio Lassiter adding 13 markers as the Tigers bounced back from a 93-96 loss to the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters a week ago.
“Pinagtyagaan namin sa practice ito,” said David of the solid showing they put up versus the Aces.
“I’m quite confident that given the time, the team can be even better,” said coach Bo Perasol.
“We have the personnel now. We have the youth and we have the veterans who are still willing to play. The young players and the veterans work together,” added Perasol.
“And remember that we’re still missing the services of (top draft pick) Jayvee Casio. We’ll have more firepower and leadership once he joins us,” Perasol further said.
The Tigers showed good promise particularly in this game where they got off to a hot start and led by as many as 17 at 26-9.
They wavered in the second period but returned firing in the second half, going on to score a victory as convincing as their initial win over the Shopinas.com Clickers.
Veterans Rommel Adducul and William Antonio had their contributions, each scoring seven points and grabbing 13 rebounds between themselves.
The Tigers converted 39 percent of their shots as against the Aces’ 33.8-percent clip.
Glaring was Tenorio’s 1-of-11 field goal shooting as he finished with just three points.
He was 0-of-7 from the three-point area in this game and 5-of-31 overall in the season.
Baguio finished with six points on 3-of-6 shooting.
Powerade got off to a jackrabbit start but lost the momentum in the second period, settling for a 36-35 edge at the half.
Down by 13, 15-28, in the opening quarter, Alaska got into the game in converting 8-of-17 field goal shots in the next period compared to Powerade’s 3-of-17 clip. (SB)
The scores POWERADE 79 - David 26, Lassiter 13, Kramer 10, Adducul 7, Antonio 7, Lingganay 6, Calimag 4, Vanlandingham 3, Cruz 2, Anthony 1, Crisano 0.
ALASKA 67 - Reyes 12, Baracael 11, Thoss 11, Dela Cruz 10, Bugia 8, Baguio 6, Cablay 4, Tenorio 3, Custodio 2, Salamat 0, Eman 0.
Quarterscores: 28-15, 36-35, 63-55, 79-67