Express back to losing ways

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08:13 AM March 19th, 2012

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March 19th, 2012 08:13 AM

AFTER MAKING noise with a pair of stirring victories, the Air21 Express are back to their losing ways after they absorbed a second straight setback with a lopsided 92-121 defeat against the Powerade Tigers last night in the 37th PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Express failed to sustain the momentum that they built a week ago and now found themselves in tight situation in the race for a playoff spot.

Air21 scored huge wins against the defending champions Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters (89-78) and the Alaska Aces (88-85) before they were stopped by the league-worst Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 83-113, last Friday.

The Express couldn’t make the needed adjustments against the Tigers as they failed to recover from a slow start to handily give the win to their opponents.

Powerade practically settled the outcome of the contest after building a huge 87-63 lead after three quarters of play. The loss pulled the Express down to sixth place, joining the Petron Blaze Boosters and the Barako Bull Energy with identical 3-4 (win-loss) records.

Recovering from a 97-111 loss to the Texters last Wednesday, the Tigers moved up to solo third place with their fourth win in seven games./EDITORIAL ASSISTANT CALVIN D. CORDOVA

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