January 13, Friday
Powerade vs Rain Or Shine
of Best-of-Seven Semifinal Series
[Teams tied at two wins apiece]
- The Usual Suspects Deliver for Powerade -
Gary David - 28 pts. JV Casio - 25 pts.
Marcio Lassiter - 19 pts + 11 rebounds
Doug Kramer [in white] - 10 pts. + 10 rebounds
Sean Anthony [in white] - 6 pts. + 10 rebounds
For Rain or Shine - J.R. Quinahan, Ryan Arana, Jireh Ibanes, and Larry Rodriguez score 18, 15, 13, and 12 points respectively. Rodriguez leads the Painters in rebounding, with 10, while Norwood dishes out 4 assists.
Rain or Shine shoots a better 47.7% from the field than Powerade's 37.5% In the boards department Powerade hauls down 13 more rebounds than Rain or Shine [63-50]. The Tigers convert 4 more charities than the Painters. All stats considered, the game boils down to execution in the dying minutes.
The end game tenacity [and mental toughnesss] of Powerade wins them the game by the a hairline two. Yeng Guiao's boys have their chances in the dying seconds but, as in a previous game, they miss. Chan misses a corner three while Belga misses a J from 5 o'clock.
Powerade - 110 Rain or Shine - 108
[Powerade now leads the series 3-2]
For all the obvious rough housing tactics that Boo Belga has had been executing versus the Powerade Tigers - maybe that is Fate's way of letting him and the Elasto Painters pay - > Rain or Shine could have won two games had Belga made his 2 end game Js.
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Both Paul Lee and Jeffrei fail to make double figures, but as stated above,
other equally reliable Elasto painters step up.
Being behind by 5 points to a team like Rain or Shine in the last 1:14
is one helluva predicament to be in.
Then, stuff happens -
Casio scores a left corner three and is fouled.
JV actually falls down [as in slides on his butt, to lighten the impact of his fall] at my feet as the ref signalled "basket counts", with a foul to boot, at that. If by chance, I had my wide-angle lens attcahed to my SLR - it is quite possible for me to have made a"top shot" of JV at my feet. Now, that would have been a real first, a real one-of-a-kind basketball photo. JV converts the bonus to put Powerade behind by only 1 [108-107].
After another converted Powerade free throw and one or two unproductive plays by either team, Marcio Lassiter ends up on the charity lane, again, with barely 16 ticks left, and the score at a deadlock [108-108].
Marcio converts both to put the Tigers ahead by only 2 [110-108].
Rain or Shine is unable to tie the match in the dying seconds.
- Game Over -
Powerade 110 Rain or Shine - 108
Yes, Supermen, the Powerade Tigers are not - but - as they say in the vernacular
- PUSO -