Blazers go for the jugular, Altas seek extension

Mark Escarlote on Feb 06, 2017 07:48 PM
Blazers go for the jugular, Altas seek extension
College of St. Benilde and Perpetual Help battle in the pivotal Game 2 of the 92nd NCAA men's volleyball best-of-three Finals series.

College of St. Benilde goes all out on Tuesday when the Blazers look to snare the elusive men’s crown in the 92nd NCAA volleyball best-of-three Finals series Game 2 against the defending champion Perpetual Help Altas at The Arena in San Juan.

Hungry to win their first-ever title since joining the league in 1998, the Blazers march into battle set at 2:00 p.m. with a mission to finish off the Altas and prevent a repeat of their Season 90 meltdown.

The match will air live over ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23 and ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream on

CSB drew first blood last Friday in a shocking dismantling of Perpetual Help, 25-17, 26-24, 25-17.

But Taft-based head coach Arnold Laniog is not letting his team relax one bit – even if they are riding the crest of an 11-game winning streak since dropping the opener against the Altas.

“Hindi nila basta-basta ibibigay ‘yan eh. Kaya kailagan pa ring magtrabaho,” said Laniog, whose squad also won the opener of Season 90 series before falling short in the next two games against Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals.

Graduating player John Vic De Guzman, who had 19 points in the opener, witnessed that meltdown two years ago. He vowed that it will not happen again in his last playing year.   

“Pipilitin ko ng makuha ito this time, since ito na ang last playing year ko,” the bold statement of De Guzman.  “Hindi ako papayag na di makuha ang championship.”

But Perpetual is no stranger in this situation. They won’t surrender that easily.

“Pabugbog muna ako, char!” said Altas coach Sammy Acaylar, who remains positive. “This is a challenge for me every time na naglalaro ako sa championship, ‘di ako nawawalan ng pag-asa. Habang may buhay may pag-asa.”

Brothers Relan and Rey Taneo, Esmail Kasim and skipper Manuel Doliente need to step up big time to force a decider on Friday.

The Las Pinas-based squad are in the same situation last year against EAC in the Finals but were able to recover and pull off an epic series comeback to win their 10th title overall.

In junior's play, Lyceum of the Philippines University seeks to win the first of the two wins needed it clinch the title as it squares off with Perpetual Help, the reigning title-holder at 10:00 a.m.

The Junior Pirates swept their way to the finals to gain the thrice-to-beat edge while the Junior Altas had to beat the EAC Brigadiers twice including a 25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 25-16, decider Friday to advance.






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