PBA Roundup: December 14, 2011

Gary David hoists one as Marcio Lassiter blocks
the path of Marc Pingris.

*All images by Nuki Sabio/PBA.ph

Needing to win two in a row to survive the quarterfinals, the Powerade Tigers fought with great resolve and got half the job done. Powerade stunned elimination-round topnotcher B-Meg to force a sudden death showdown in their PBA Philippine Cup quarters match-up.

Gary David scattered 32 points -- all in the first three quarters, Marcio Lassiter added 24 points, while Doug Kramer contributed 13 rebounds and 10 points as the Tigers snapped the Llamados’ searing eight-game win streak. David and company outworked and outfought the Tigers, taking the half at 50-39 and were hardly threatened the rest of the way. 

David, Rudy Lingganay, Josh Vanlandingham and JV Casio combined for a hot 7-of-14 three-point shooting as the Tigers enjoyed the 11-point cushion at halftime.

James Yap hit his stride a bit little, topscoring for B-Meg with 21, 15 coming in the final half. PJ Simon and Kerby Raymundo tossed in 10 points each, but the rest of the Llamados struggled in the first 24 minutes of play.

POW 97 - David 32, Lassiter 24, Kramer 10, Anthony 9, Casio 9, Vanlandingham 5, Adducul 5, Lingganay 3, Allera 0, Cruz 0, Crisano 0, Antonio 0.
BML 88 - Yap J. 21, Simo 16, Pingris 13, Raymundo 10, Urbiztondo 8, Barroca 6, De Vance 6, Yap R. 6, Reavis 2.
QS: 27-21, 50-39, 79-71, 97-88

Marcio Lassiter barrels thru James Yap in this transition play.
Kerby Raymundo had a tough time down low against
the smaller Powerade bigs.

Jayson Castro is sure to come out a winner, whether he plays starter or backup.  The cat-quick guard proved this by scoring on a clutch drive and lifting defending champion Talk 'N Text past Barako Bull and into the semifinals of the PBA  hilippine Cup.

Castro used his speed to get past the defense of Dylan Ababou in the final 5.3 seconds and cap a game in which he came off the bench to score a new career-high 32 points while totally atoning for what coach Chot Reyes believes was a dip in his performances of late.

It was a very bitter loss for Barako Bull, which seemed set to offset its twice-to-win handicap in the quarterfinal matchup when it took as much as a 46-30 lead and came charging back from a 72-79 deficit through Willie Miller's heroics. Miller highlighted his 15-point performance with seven straight points, spiked by a three-point play off his block on Kelly Williams,  to tie it at 79, 23.4 ticks left.

In the end, however, Castro came through with 14 of his points in the final canto and gave the Tropang Texters and their injured players the needed time to rest and recuperate. They next battle the winner of the best-of-three duel between Petron Blaze and Meralco in the race-to-four semis on Jan. 4.

TNT 81 - Castro 32, Alapag 15, Williams 14, Aguilar 10, Carey 8, Fonacier 2, Dillinger 0, Reyes 0, Alvarez 0, Lao 0.
BBE 79 - Pennisi 16, Miller 15, Pena 12, Seigle 9, Allado 9, Ababou 6, Arboleda 6, Salvacion 3, Gatumbato 2, Artadi 1, Aquino 0, Najorda 0.
QS: 17-25, 30-44, 56-59, 81-79

Willie Miller's heroics in the endgame were for naught
as the Energy succumbed to the Texters' resolve.
Danny Seigle resorts to pulling Japeth Aguilar's jersey
as the Texter outjumps him.
Jayson Castro's last ditch drive propelled the Texters to the
2011 Philippine Cup semifinals.

Source: Game recaps were compressed and compiled from PBA.ph
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