Gary David and Powerade put an end to Rain or Shine's four-game rampage in the PBA Governors Cup Friday night as the Tigers hacked out a 104-98 decision at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
David shot 11-of-34 from the field, going 2-of-9 from the three-point range to finish with a team-high 30 points. He was perfect from the free throw line (10-of-10) and grabbed five rebounds in 37 minutes on the floor.
The Tigers improved to 3-2 to join defending champion Petron at third place behind the 4-1 slate of their victims and the 3-1 card of Commissioner's Cup titlist B-MEG.
Momentum seemed to have shifted in Rain or Shine's favor when Ryan Araña fired five straight points, including a triple, as the Elasto Painters grabbed a slim 80-79 lead.
But Jvee Casio kept the Tigers afloat as the former La Salle Green Archer either scored or got his teammates involved in Powerade's offensive set.
David's reverse lay-up gave Powerade a 96-91 lead with under three minutes left in the game. Both teams exchanged baskets for the rest of the game.
Omar Sneed backed-up David's offensive performance with 24 points, 20 rebounds and seven assists. Casio added 12 markers and seven assists while Lordy Tugade scored 11 more for the Tigers.
Jamelle Cornley paced the Painters with 31 points and 17 rebounds, while Jervy Cruz finished with 15 markers and eight boards.
Paul Lee, who starred in Rain or Shine's 93-90 win over Ginebra on Wednesday, had 15 points with Jeff Chan contributing 12 more. — JVP, GMA News
Powerade 104—David 30, Sneed 24, Casio 12, Tugade 11, Al-Hussaini 9, Guevarra 6, Salvador 4, Martinez 3, Lingganay 3, Calimag 2, Vanlandingham 0, Anthony 0.
Rain or Shine 98—Cornely 31, Lee 15, Cruz 15, Chan 12, Arana 9, Norwood 6, Quinahan 5, Buenafe 4, Ibanes 1, Matias 0, Tang 0, Belga 0.
Quarter scores: 23-19, 48-37, 74-71, 104-98.