Even with a complete lineup, the Powerade Tigers were the acknowledged underdogs against the might defending champion Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters in the PBA Philippine Cup finals. But take rookie JV Casio out of the equation, and the situation becomes even more one-sided.
Without the injured Casio, who was nursing a hamstring injury, the Tropang Texters just had too many weapons for the Tigers and easily took Game 1 of the finals, 116-100. It seemed every quarter a different TNT player would step up for Chot Reyes to keep the Tigers at bay.
In the first quarter, it was Ryan Reyes, who hit all his four three-point shots and helped spark a 13-0 TNT run that essentially broke the game wide open and laid the groundwork for the 16-point win. By the end of the first, TNT had dropped 38 points on the Tigers, with Reyes accounting for 12 of them.
Larry Fonacier took over from Reyes in the second period, with the steady guard pumping in 10 points, including two triples that came just whenRead More »from Just too many weapons for TNT