In the eyes of Talk n Text coach Chot Reyes, Powerade has become a complete team with the addition of import Dwayne Jones.
Reyes said Jones filled the Tigers’ need for a dominant inside presence, giving the team’s Big
Three of Gary David, Marcio Lassiter and Jvee Casio more space to do their thing from the outside.
“Lalong humirap silang kalaban,” said Reyes on the eve of their keenly awaited rematch with
their PBA Philippine Cup titular series foes.
Both are out to enhance their Commissioner’s Cup playoff hopes as they clash at 7:30 p.m. at the
Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday.
“We fully understand the consequence of a win or a loss at this point of the conference. We are
prepared for Talk n Text, however difficult that may be,” said Powerade coach Bo Perasol.
The Powerade bench chieftain still points to the Tropang Texters as the favorites despite injuries to Jason Castro and Ali Peek.
The Texters bucked the absence of the two players as they outlasted the Barako Bull Energy, 113-106, in overtime Friday to keep their hold of the solo lead at 4-1.
Curiously, the Texters’ lone defeat came at the hands of the Express despite a measly six-point
output from Air21 import Marcus Douthit.
After the Texters bounced back from that loss versus the Energy Friday, the Tigers also pulled off a win the following day versus the Petron Blaze Boosters to stay breathing under TnT’s neck at 3-2.
Powerade had a swashbuckling first half en route to a 98-88 rout of Petron in a road game in
“With Powerade coming off a big win, we’re wary of their momentum and confidence,” said Reyes.
And Reyes insists Powerade now has a roster that can compete with any team.
“Dwayne Jones really completes this team – a strong team that has just got a lot stronger,”
“We must contain their Big Three and try to figure how to match Jones as well,” said Reyes also
Minus a dominant big man, the Tigers defied the odds to make the all-Filipino finals.
The Tigers, however, hit the wall in the title playoff versus the Tropang Texters, yielding the
crown on a 1-4 loss in the best-of-seven series. (SB)