01 November 2010

Bolts 66, Powerade 81

Bolts vs Powerade
At least in this game, Powerade proved to be right in its decision to deal away Asi Taulava.

Somehow, the Tigers got vindication as they mangled Taulava and his new team the Meralco Bolts B-Boys, 81-66, in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum Saturday night (30 October 2010).

Gary David scattered a league season-high 31 points and the rest of the Tigers put in good defensive efforts as they checked a two-game slide and moved back in the upper half of the chart with an even 3-3 win-loss slate.

Powerade outscored Meralco on all quarters as the Tigers handed the B-Boys a fourth loss against two wins.

"Napakalaki ng respeto namin depensa ng Meralco that I made sure na kung successful and depensa nila, we will equalize also with a good defensive effort," said Powerade coach Bo Perasol.

"Gary David stepped up offensively at lahat naging aggressive on defense and that spelled the difference," Perasol added.

David went 2-of-3 from the three-point area, 7-of-13 from the two-point zone and 11-of-12 from the stripe as he surpassed the previous league best of 27 shared by Jay Washington, Arwind Santos, Macmac Cardona, Jimmy Alapag, Dondon Hontiveros and David himself.

The expected shootout between David and Cardona didn't happen as the Meralco top gun suffered an ankle injury early in the second quarter.

Cardona, the league's scoring champ two years ago, was able to play only eight minutes, getting four points against one error.

The Tigers laid down a good defensive plan against Taulava, limiting him to five points and four rebounds.

"We're actually not thinking of the trade. Totally wala sa isip namin iyon. It's just that we have a high respect on Asi, pinagplanuhan naming sya," said Perasol.

Third-year pro Paul Escobal paced the Tigers with 17 points with Gabby Espinas adding 12 points and eight rebounds.

David sizzled with 12 points right in the opening quarter and the Tigers set the tone of the match early, taking the first period at 24-16 and the half at 44-33.

The former Lyceum Pirate was the league scoring leader with an average of 24.0 points before the contest.

Doing well on all fronts, the Tigers won the game leading from start to finish.

Powerade shot 45.2 percent from the floor and won the battle off the boards, 44-37. (SB)

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