Troopers take last bus ticket to semis
Mark Escarlote on Jun 01, 2017 04:08 PM
Philippine Army broke through Instituto Estetico Manila to barge in the semifinals.
Philippine Army punched the last semifinals ticket after sending Instituto Estetico Manila packing, 25-16, 21-25, 25-15, 25-23, Thursday in the Premier Volleyball League men’s division playoff at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Four Troopers scored in double figures in the Army’s balanced offensive flow orchestrated by setter Timothy Tanjanlangit’s superb playmaking.
The Troopers occupied the no. 4 seed in the best-of-three semis for the right to face top seed Philippine Air Force.
Lemuel Arbasto showed the way for Army with 17 points including 15 coming off attacks while Romnick Rico dropped all his markers from kills for the Troopers.
Tajanlangit, a standout from University of Sto. Tomas, tallied 33 excellent sets in Army’s total of 56 attack points. He scored six points, half of which came from kill blocks.
Skipper Benjaylo Labide and Jayvee Sumagaysay scored 11 and 10 markers, respectively, for Army, which was forced to play in a do-or-die showdown against the Phoenix Volley Masters after closing the elimination round with identical 2-3 slates.
The Troopers begin their semis series against the Jet Spikers on Saturday.
IEM failed to take advantage of the 38 free points that the Troopers gave away off errors and sustain the momentum of their second set win.
Former Far Eastern University star and member of the national pool Greg Dolor was the only IEM player in double-digit with 11 points. Darryl Valenzuela and Ferdian Guanzo each had eight markers.
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