Volley Bolt extend Open Conference title series to Game 3

Mark Escarlote on Aug 12, 2017 04:01 PM
Volley Bolt extend Open Conference title series to Game 3
NO SWEEP -- Mega Builders celebrates its Finals Game 2 victory against Cignal to tie the series at 1-1.

Mega Builders survived a five-set thriller against Cignal, 18-25, 25-23, 26-24, 22-25, 15-13, and forced a deciding Game 3 in their best-of-three Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Finals series Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Volley Bolt kept their cool in the closing stretch of the fifth set after the HD Spikers recovered from a 10-14 deficit to close the gap, 13-14, after Mega Builders committed three consecutive errors.

Fauzi Ismail nailed the game-winning attack from the left corner to seal the match and tie the series a one game apiece.        

Game 3 is on Wednesday.

“’Yung mga sets na we won, ‘yung blocking namin gumana,” said head coach Dong Dela Cruz, whose wards scored 13 kill blocks. “’Yung problema namin kasi nung Game One is kung nasa backline si [Ysay] Marasigan. Hindi namin nagawan ng paraan ‘yun. Siya ‘yung pumatay sa amin nu’n.”

Ismail uncorked 24 points anchored on 20 kills and added three kill blocks and an ace for the Volley Bolt, which dropped the series opener, 23-25, 25-21, 19-25, 17-25, Wednesday.

Madzlan Gampong and James Natividad added 17 points each while Kim Malabunga had 10 for the National University-backed Mega Builders. Natividad chipped in with 20 excellent receptions on the defensive end while skipper Francis Saura submitted nine points including three from the service line for the Volley Bolt, who used national team member Bryan Bagunas sparingly as he was nursing a back spasm.

Mega Builders saw its 9-5 lead in the fifth set evaporate after Cignal mounted four unanswered points to tie it at 9-9.

The Volley Bolt opened a 14-10 gap capped by Saura’s back-to-back aces before the HD Spikers saved three match points courtesy of Mega Builders’ miscues.

Conference Most Valuable Player Lorenzo Capate got 23 points in a lost cause. Marasigan got 18 while Rex Intal and Edmar Bonono had 10 and nine points, respectively.

Meanwhile, Sta. Elena extended the battle for third series to a Game 3 after defeating Philippine Air Force, 27-25, 22-25, 18-25, 25-19, 16-14.





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