Gary David scored 30 points Friday in Powerade’s 104-98 victory over erstwhile unbeaten Rain or Shine, the Tigers’ third straight win after a 0-2 start, in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
It was the 19th straight game where David had scored at least 20 points dating back to Game Two of the 2011-12 Philippine Cup Finals against Talk ‘N Text, matching Danny Seigle’s feat with San Miguel Beer in the 2006 Philippine Cup.
It was also David’s 18th game this season with at least 30 points in a game.
David upped his conference average to 28.0 points per game, second overall in the league, behind only Air21 import Zach Graham’s 36.3 ppg.
Yes, David’s scoring average in the Governors Cup is better than those of the rest of the imports except Graham.
The Dinalupihan, Bataan native has scored at least 25 points in all his games so far in the ongoing season-ending third conference.
The former Lyceum stalwart averaged “only” 25.8 points per game in the Philippine Cup, best among all locals, and was expected to slow down in the next two conferences because of the presence of imports.
Instead David still upped his average to 27.1 ppg in the Commissioner’s Cup, second-best overall and next only to Meralco import Earl Barron’s 29.5, and to his current 28.0 ppg in the Governors Cup.
Not a few are saying David is actually Powerade’s import this conference and in the previous one.
With those numbers, who wouldn’t agree?