JOSH VANLANDINGHAM stepped up when Gary David got injured as Powerade repulsed Barako Bull, 99-95, on Tuesday night to stay alive in the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal race at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The left-handed Vanlandingham tied his career-high of 18 points to take over from David, the Tigers’ leading scorer who left the game in the second quarter after aggravating a midfoot arthritis injury in his left foot.
David didn’t seem to be bothered by the injury at the start as he still scored 13 points in 11 minutes in the first quarter. But he aggravated the injury when he was set to return early in the second.
The game was tied at 54 early in the third before the Tigers scored 11 unanswered points, capped by an Omar Sneed jumper with a little less than eight minutes left in the quarter.
Vanlandingham’s triple with 1:57 to go in the quarter gave the Tigers their biggest lead at 76-63.
“Hats off to Josh,” Tigers coach Bo Perasol said. “He really made things happen for us. He was a catalyst.”
Sneed was two assists away from a triple double as the import registered a game-high 24 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists, and five steals.
Three other players scored in double figures for the Tigers with Sean Anthony, Rey Guevarra, and JVee Casio tallying 10 points apiece.
“I was worried of Gary’s absence, but I knew my players would step up and pick up the cudgels,” Perasol said.
The Energy were led by Leroy Hickerson and Danny Seigle, who had 20 points each.
They tried to mount a comeback in the payoff period, but could not come closer to less than four points.
The Tigers face Meralco on Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. for the sixth and last semifinal berth.
Powerade faces a tough task against the Bolts, especially with David questionable for the game.
“Kung may paraan, mas gusto ko pa maglaro kaysa manood, mas ninenerbyos ako pag nanonood eh,” David said.
POWERADE 99 - Sneed 24, Vanlandingham 18, David 13, Anthony 10, Guevarra 10, Casio 10, Lingganay 7, Salvador 4, Belasco 2, Tugade 1, Adducul 0.
BARAKO BULL 95 - Hickerson 20, Seigle 20, Kramer 14, Miller 10, Tubid 9, Pennisi 8, Cruz 7, Allado 7, Vergara 0, Salvacion 0.
Quarterscores: 28-26; 52-52; 79-70; 99-95.