Petron Blaze and Powerade collide in an out-of-town match Saturday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation in Legazpi City, Albay.
The Boosters hope to extend their winning streak to four games while the Tigers try to end a two-game slump as they face off at 6:45 p.m.
“In a way, we can’t bring ourselves to worry about our opponent more than our team finding a way to get our bearings back,” said Powerade coach Bo Perasol.
“We had been in this situation before and I know we can get past through our struggles.”
The Tigers started the tournament with back-to-back wins but faltered in their next two games, the last a 105-96 loss to Barangay Ginebra.
On the contrary, Petron lost its first two assignments but has won their next three including a 110-103 win over Rain or Shine to improve their mark to 3-2.
“Sa first two games, walang intensity masyado sa game kaya nag-adjust kami. We had energy now in our game and the locals have adjusted well also to our import,” said Boosters coach Ato Agustin.
“Kailangan lang namin ma-sustain ang ganitong klase ng laro para maganda ang chance na makapasok sa susunod na round.”
While Gary David, Marcio Lassiter and JVee Casio are dishing out consistent numbers for the Tigers, import Dwayne Jones has been on and off offensively for them.
He had 34 points and 21 rebounds in the Tigers’ 122-120 overtime win over Elasto Painters but tallied only 15 points in their 94-82 victory over Meralco.
Jones had 19 points in a 101-91 loss to Barako Bull and was held to just 13 in a 105-96 defeat to Barangay Ginebra.
His counterpart, Nick Fazekas, is averaging 32 points per game which is No. 1 among imports.