PVL: Perlas Spikers riding on Bright sunshine
Mark Escarlote on Jun 27, 2018 09:08 PM
Kia Bright definitely brought the much-needed firepower for BanKo for the Perlas Spikers' breakthrough Final Four stint.
BanKo head coach Dong Dela Cruz was all praises for his American import Kia Bright as she played a big role in the Perlas Spikers’ amazing sweep of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2
The reinforcement delivered the firepower needed by BanKo to finally barge in the Final Four after a disappointing inaugural season last year.
Bright waxed hot Wednesday when she dropped 21 points to power the Perlas Spikers to a 25-19, 25-19, 25-19, sweep of Petro Gazz to earn the no. 3 seed in the Final Four against PayMaya.
Bright averaged 21.4 points per game in the quarterfinals while providing solid numbers on floor defense.
Dela Cruz admitted that it took some time for his team to adjust with Bright.
“'Yun ang sinasabi ko, kasi dati hindi namin mahuli 'yung ugali niya,” said Dela Cruz, who was relieved with the win as BanKo avoided a possible playoff against the defending champion Pocari Sweat handled by his ‘kumpare’ Jasper Jimenez for the last semis seat. “Masyado siyang tahimik eh. Hindi siya magsasalita hangga't 'di mo kinakausap.”
“So na mi-misinterpret dati ng team 'yung katahimikan niya. Later on, noong nag-usap-usap kami, ganoon pala talaga siya, na gusto niya, tahimik lang kasi gusto niya maglaro ng maayos,” the mentor added. “Pero ngayon, nakikipag-kulitan na siya eh, during training at kanina sa game, medyo ano na siya. Kaya ayun, medyo gumaan na ang takbo ng team namin ngayon.”
Bright knew right from the start her role with the team and liked that all of her efforts helped the Perlas Spikers reach the semis.
“Definitely, like I said, coming here I know the role that is expected of me and I embraced that and I know I’m gonna go out there and do my best,” said Bright, who averaged 20.4 points per game in the prelims. “I know I need to play at a certain level at a certain level for my team to be successful. I wanna make the game as easy as possible for them.”
Bright is expected to carry BanKo once again in the best-of-three semifinals against a well-rested PayMaya starting on Sunday.
“I expect them to go out, work hard and bring their best and I respect them for that,” she said. “Both forces are gonna go up against each other and the best team’s gonna win.”
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