MANILA, Philippines -- Gary David exploded for 37 points and the 8th seeded Powerade Tigers stunned top-seed B-Meg, 131-123, in overtime of their do-or-die game of the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals Sunday night in the Araneta Coliseum.
According to PBA.ph, it was only the third time in league history that the lowest seed eliminated the top seed in the quarterfinals. The Tigers advanced to the semi-finals, where they will face the winner of the best-of-3 quarterfinals series between Ginebra and Rain or Shine.
David scored 23 of his game-high 37 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, helping the Tigers battle back from a 17-point deficit.
He knocked in a long 3-pointer off a broken play with 11 seconds to go that knotted the game at 115-all, eventually forcing an extra five minutes.
"I was really praying hard," admitted Powerade head coach Bo Perasol. "In the middle of the game, I was having doubts, but I kept on praying and our faith was strong enough to believe we can win this."
Rookies JV Casio and Marcio Lassiter ably backed up David, with Casio having a double-double of 22 points and 10 assists. Lassiter scored 19 points including a three-pointer in overtime that proved to be the dagger.
David said he got fired up in the 3rd period after a scuffle between teammate Celino Cruz and B-Meg's Josh Urbiztondo.
"Nung nagkaroon ng away, doon ako ginanahan. Parang it's time to take the challenge para sa team, dapat na akong mag-take charge," David said.
Cruz was ejected from the game for "adopting a fighting stance," but his emotional play motivated David.
He was also motivated by the team's doubters, especially after watching a Youtube video wherein a commentator said that Powerade has "no chance in hell" of beating the league's top team.
"Alam ko, walang personalan," David said. "Pero personal challenge na rin sa akin iyon."
David scored 10 points in the overtime period before Lassiter canned his insurance triple.
Perasol left David in the game even after the player committed his 5th foul with 7 minutes to go in the fourth period.
"I asked him if he can still maintain it, and he did. He was the one who salvaged the game for us," Perasol said. "The biggest contribution came from him."
Powerade joined the ranks of Ginebra, who toppled Mobiline in the 1999 All-Filipino Cup, and San Miguel, who upset Talk N Text in the 2002 Governors Cup, as the authors of the biggest upsets in league history.
B-Meg actually had a twice-to-beat edge going into the quarterfinals match-up after finishing the elimination round with a 10-4 record, best in the PBA.
But the Tigers forced a do-or-die game last week with a 97-88 victory, before overcoming a double-digit deficit to arrange a semi-finals matchup with either Barangay Ginebra or Rain or Shine.
As a team, Powerade buried 22 3-pointers during the game, 8 of them coming from David, tying them with Rain or Shine for the PBA record for most 3-pointers scored in a game.
B-Meg was in control of the game in the first half, thanks to PJ Simon and Kerby Raymundo, who combined for 25 points in the first 2 quarters.
Raymundo finished with 26 points and Simon added 25, while two-time league MVP James Yap added 23.
POWERADE 131 - David 37, Casio 22, Lassiter 19, Anthony 13, Vanlandingham 11, Kramer 10, Cruz 6,
Antonio 6, Adducul 4, Lingganay 3, Allera 0, Crisano 0.
B-MEG 123 - Raymundo 26, Simon 25, Yap J. 23, Pingris 14, De Vance 11, Barroca 10, De Ocampo 7,
Reavis 3, Urbiztondo 2, Yap R. 2.
Quarters: 23-30, 47-57, 78-87, 115-115, 131-123