MERALCO coach Ryan Gregorio sees Powerade as a very `dangerous opponent’ especially after the Tigers eliminated the Barako Bull Energy Tuesday night without top gunner Gary David in the first of a rare double knockout game to determine the last semifinalist in the PBA Governors Cup.
The Tigers survived the Energy, 99-95, even if David sat out for most part of their sudden-death match at the Araneta Coliseum. David, who suffered what doctors referred to as mid-foot arthritis, finished with 13 points and was already in street clothes when he watched his teammates pulled off the all-important win at the hallway of the Big Dome leading to the players’ dugout.
“A gallant stand by Powerade despite the absence of Gary David,” said Gregorio. “(The Tigers) are definitely dangerous foes, but we will fight till the end.”
The Bolts and Tigers tangle Wednesday also at the Big Dome for the right to join Rain or Shine, B-Meg, Talk `N Text, defending champion Petron, and Ginebra in the semifinals.
Meralco hasn’t advanced past the semifinals since entering the league last season. And Gregorio, who won several championships with B-Meg, vows not to pass up on the opportunity again.
“We have another chance to take the last bust to the semis, and I think we’re in a good situation,” added Gregorio, obviously referring to the Tigers not having enough rest to play another do-or-die game in less than 24 hours.
The Bolts own the head-to-head match-up with the Tigers this conference, winning their elims game, 91-78.