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'11-'12 Powerade's cinderella run tops Doug Kramer's most memorable moments in his PBA career

by Reynald Magallon, November 16, 2019 4:27pm

In his 12 years in the league, playing for eight franchises, retiring Phoenix Fuel Master forward Doug Kramer surely has a lot of fond memories on and off the court. But there will be those moments that were up there and left lasting impression for Kramer, now that he's hanging his sneakers for good.

"You know winning the championship with San Miguel , its up there , the draft when the air 21 picked me up," Kramer said of his runners up when it come to his most memorable moments in his twelve year run.

However, there's an event that happened, Kramer said he cherished the most - the historic cinderella run of the now defunct Powerade Tigers where he was one of the major contributors in the Philippine Cup of the 2011-2012 Season.

"The cinderella team in Powerade, Coach Bo (Perasol), I was with Marcio (Lassiter), Jayvee (Casio) I think. When I was posting a lot of fans were telling me that they remember the cinderella team alot and you know those were my best numbers, I was averaging double double that year so thats what i remember the most," Kramer recalled.

The Powerade team that time, finished at the eighth spot in the conference and were pitted against the league-leading BMeg Llamados bannered by prime James Yap, PJ Simon, Marc Pingris and with head coach Tim Cone at the helm. Odds were against Kramer and the rest of the Tigers who features a young core of rookies JVee Casio and Marcio Lassiter with Gary David serving as their go-to-guy.

The Tigers however were still able to overcome BMeg's twice to beat advantage courtesy of a Gary David explosion in Game Two beating the Llamados in overtime, 131-123 two barge into the Semifinals. 

That didn't end there though as they also beat Rain or Shine Elastopainters in the Semis to set up the Finals date against the dominant Talk n' Text. The cinderella run however ended there as they got booted out by the Tropang Texters 4-1.

"The number 8 seed going all the way to the number 1 and then we didn't make it but grabe the odds that we're against us."

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