GARY David admitted he’s gone back to his old scoring mode especially with injuries hurting Meralco’s cause in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup.
David exploded for 34 points in the Bolts’ 92-88 overtime win over Air21 over the weekend in his best game ever since he was acquired by the franchise during the preseason.
“Back to basic ako, `yung ginagawa ko as a scorer, ni-re-remind ako ni JD (Jared Dillinger) na damihan ko daw ang tira ko, so basta open shot- tira,” the 35-year-old hotshot from Dinalupihan, Bataan said.
They Said It!
“Back to basic ako, `yung ginagawa ko as a scorer, ni-re-remind ako ni JD (Jared Dillinger) na damihan ko daw ang tira ko, so basta open shot- tira." - Meralco Bolt gunner Gary David
“Saka kailangan naming manalo eh. So ginawa ko lang kailangan kong gawin para manalo.”
Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio said he’s delighted to have David on his team at this juncture when the Bolts are fighting for a spot in the playoffs of the All-Filipino conference.
Gregorio is aware that in David, he has take-charge guy who is not afraid to take the big shots when necessary.
“I am happy. He (David) is passing when necessary and he is defending better than before. And when asked to be offensive minded, he is more than willing to carry the cudgels,” Gregorio told Spin.ph on Tuesday.
David is currently the Bolts' leading scorer this season, averaging 17.0 points per game to go along with 4.7 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 34 minutes of action.
He drained the Bolts’ first four points in overtime against the Express and finished 7-of-11 overall from the field.
The Bolts are currently bunched with Alaska, Globalport, Barako Bull, and San Mig Super Coffee from fifth to ninth places with similar 4-7 win-loss records.
Meralco swings back to action on Friday when they tangle with Alaska in a crucial match at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.