05 April 2016

Throwback: Gary David's Epic Shooting Felled The Top Seed

Gary David
Veteran swingman Gary David may not be part of Meralco Bolts, but it does not mean that he still has no fire left in him. After Meralco suspended him for showing "insubordination," "lack of dedication" and "breach of contract," David is attracting a lot of suitors.

The Bolts have put David as the second player on their reserve list which makes him an unrestricted free agent. The PBA Commissioner’s Office confirmed that Rey Guevarra was already elevated on the active roster in lieu of David.

David earned the nickname "El Granada" for his explosive ways — when he waxes hot, he just becomes unstoppable that play-by-play commentator Magoo Marjon describes David’s hands as "nagliliyab" (ablaze) every time he erupts on the court.

One of his most memorable games came in 2012 when he single-handedly carried the now-defunct Powerade Tigers to a huge quarterfinals upset of Star Hotshots, known then as B-MEG, in the Philippine Cup.

David just went all over the scoring board by dropping 23 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to lead the No.8 Powerade's knockout of the No.1 B-MEG which, to date, arguably remains as one of the biggest upsets the league has seen.

The Tigers, leaning on David, marched on to a Cinderella run to the finals where they got humbled by Talk 'N Text.

Those good old days seem to be distant memory now, as the former four-time scoring champion struggled during his time with the Bolts in the last two years.

He is just averaging a career-low 6.57 points a game, and it isn't helping that coach Norman Black prefers two-way players in his line-up.

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