Replacing a highly touted former NBA player with an aging, unheralded import initially seemed like an unwise decision for Powerade.
But now it's all making perfect sense.
Omar Sneed continued to prove his worth as the 36-year-old led Powerade to a 110-105 victory over powerhouse Talk ‘N Text on Sunday night in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Tigers have now improved their record to 2-2 since sending home Rashad McCants, a former star of US NCAA giant North Carolina who also spent years bouncing around the NBA.
“How could you not have confidence if you have a teammate like Omar?” Tigers coach Bo Perasol said. “He brings out the feeling that we can beat any team we don’t want to face.”
Sneed was at his best in the third quarter. The 6-foot-6 forward scored 12 of his game-high 32 points in that stretch, where the Tigers turned a seven-point deficit into a 10-point, 78-68 lead entering the fourth.
“It’s important that he’s also unselfish and not just contributing points,” Perasol added of his import, who also registered 23 rebounds and three assists.
The import’s aggressive play was contagious as his teammates, particularly the Tigers’ bench, sustained the charge in the payoff period.
“It was (Rudy) Lingganay, (Rey) Guevara, and Rabeh (Al-Hussaini) who finished the quarter. They gave us precious moments when our starters rested,” Perasol said.
Lingganay gave the Tigers their biggest lead at 85-73 after his triple early in the fourth.
Guevarra also shone in the fourth, scoring eight of his 11 points and coming up with two thunderous dunks that sparked his team.
Gary David had his usual scoring night with 28 points, Rabeh Al-Hussaini added 10, and JV Casio had 10 assists and eight points.
Texters import Paul Harris led his team with 22 points, including six straight in the last two minutes when TNT came closest at 104-100 before losing steam in the end game.
“I hope we can gain momentum and follow this with another win,” Perasol said.