BINAN --- BanKo displayed grit and resilience as it came back from two sets down to silence Motolite, 19-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-22, 17-15, on Sunday to arrest a three-game skid and keep their semis hopes alive in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference.
The Perlas Spikers outlasted Motolite in a thrilling race to the finish that saw BanKo save three match points before wrapping up its third win in eight matches at the Alonte Sports Arena here.
Nicole Tiamzon played the hero’s role scoring the Perlas Spikers' last three points to send Motolite down to 3-6 slate.
"I think we’re getting there naman. Mahirap talaga 'yung sunud-sunod na talo eh, lalo na 'yung mga top teams talaga ang nakalaban namin," said Tiamzon, who scored 19 points with 18 coming off attacks and added 15 digs.
"So kailangan naming i-pickup ang sarili namin para makapag-bounce back and huwag kaming mag-stay sa loss na 'yun," added Tiamzon. "Hopefully magtulu’y tuloy na rin lalo na itong last two games namin napaka-importante."
Kathy Bersola posted 17 points while Turkish import Yasemin Yildirim posted 16 points inluding five coming off kill blocks while Thai Sutadta Chuewulim and Sue Roces chipped in 15 and 13 markers, respectively, for the Perlas Spikers, who hammered 67 attacks assisted by Jem Ferrer's 27 excellent sets
BanKo squandered an 8-5 lead it built in the fifth set as Motolite overtook the Perlas Spikers and moved at match point, 14-12. BanKo saved two match points with Yildirim scoring to tie it at 14.
Trinidad and Tobago import Channon Thompson pushed Motolite back at match point advantage before Tiamzon single-handedly saved the match for the Perlas Spikers with three straight points.
Thompson poured in a personal conference-best 30 points built on 28 attacks, an ace and one kill block laced with 19 excellent receptions and 11 digs for Motolite. Krystle Esdelle also of Trinidad and Tobago registered 27 points off 20 kills and seven kill blocks in a lost cause.
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