MANILA, Philippines – Powerade hammered out a 99-95 win over Barako Bull Tuesday night to stay in the hunt for a semifinals seat in the PBA Governors' Cup.
The Tigers managed to survive despite losing their top scorer, Gary David, in the last few minutes as locals Josh Vanlandingham, Sean Anthony, Rey Guevarra and Jayvee Casio stepped up their game.
"Napakalaking bagay na nawala si Gary, pero we barely felt it," said Tigers coach Bo Perasol in PBA.ph. "Napunuan ng mga bench players."
David was forced to leave the game after an old foot injury acted up.
"Napa-X-ray na pero wala namang nakita," said David, who scored 13 points in just 11 minutes.
He said he hopes he heals in time for their Wednesday game against Meralco, whom they will have to battle for the 6th and last semifinal slot.
David plays an important role in the Tigers’ lineup averaging 26.4 points per game.
"Kung may paraan na magagawa para makalaro bukas gagawin ko para makatulong sa team," he said.
Vanlandingham scored 18 points on 4-for-8 shooting from the three-point area.
Anthony, Guevarra and Casio chipped in 10 points each.
Leroy Hickerson and Danny Seigle each scored 20 points for Barako, but rest of the team had no answer to Powerade's intensity.
The Energy wound up 8th in the standings.
Powerade 99 - Sneed 24, Vanlandingham 18, David 13, Anthony 10, Guevarra 10, Casio 10, Lingganay 7, Salvador 4, Belasco 2, Tugade 1, Adducul 0.
Barako Bull 95 - Hickerson 20, Seigle 20, Kramer 14, Miller 10, Tubid 9, Pennisi 8, Cruz 7, Allado 7, Vergara 0, Salvacion 0.
Quarters: 28-26, 52-52, 79-70, 99-95