Team Galaw outshines Team Hataw in Spikers' Turf All-Star Game

Team Galaw outshines Team Hataw in All-Star Game
Team Galaw won in four sets against Team Hataw in the 2016 Spikers' Turf All-Star Game.

Team Galaw banked on it young talents to defeat Team Hataw, 25-21, 25-23, 18-25, 25-20, Sunday in an intense battle in the 2016 Spikers’ Turf All-Star Game at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

In a rare opportunity to share the same court, UAAP rivals Greg Dolor of Far Eastern University and three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player Marck Espejo of Ateneo teamed up for the Oliver Almadro-coached squad, scoring 10 points each. Dolor, the Open Conference MVP playing for Instituto Estetico Manila scored all his points from kills.

Rodolfo Labrador of Philippine Air Force also added 10 points including seven kills, for Team Galaw.

Despite being an exhibition match both squad’s, composed of 24 of the best players from the Open, Collegiate and Reinforced conferences of the 2nd Spikers Turf, didn’t hold any punches playing as if they were on a real contest.

“Actually we’re planning na, ‘Pahabain natin para masaya.” Pero no eh. Ang instructions lang namin, ‘We have to be intense and ipakita ang talents natin pero kailanan mag-enjoy ang tao,’” said Almadro, who steered Ateneo de Manila to a complete sweep of the Collegiate Conference. “Pero ‘yun ang essence ng volleyball eh, hindi mo mapipigilan ang talent eh. Lalabas at lalabas na, ‘E papaluin ko talaga ito eh. Idi-dig pass ko talaga ito eh.’ Hindi siya gaya ng baskeytball na imi-miss mo ang shot. Dito hindi mo pwedeng i-miss ang spike eh.”

Competitive talaga eh. Inilabas lang nila ang talents nila eh,” he added.

Team Galaw took the first two sets before Team Hataw behind Philippine Air Force’s Mark Alfafara fought back in a dominating fashion in the third set.

Almadro brought back his main guns in the fourth to finally finish off the match set to raise funds for the benefit of the victims of Typhoon Lawin.

Alfafara finished with 14 points with 12 coming off spikes while National University’s Fauzi Ismail had nine markers for Team Hataw.

Before the All-Star Game, fans were given a chance for autograph signing and have their photos taken with the players.

Other members of Team Galaw were Ateneo setter Ish Polvorosa, Tony Koyfman and Rex Intal, De La Salle’s Raymark Woo and Geuel Asia, Cignal’s Ysay Marasigan and Peter Torres, Air Force’s Howard Mojica and Jason Uy of Army. Almadro had Cignal’s Macky Carino and Jun Balubar of IEM.

Open and Reinforced Conference champions Jessie Lopez, Louie Chavez, Reyson Fuentes and Jeffrey Malabanan of Air Force, National U’s Bryan Bagunas, Cignal’s Edward Ybanez and Vince Mangulabnan, Berlin Paglinawan of Champion Supra, Patrick Rojas of Army and Kheeno Franco of Instituto Estetico Manila played for Team Hataw. Vhyl Verayo of Air Force, Dante Alinsunurin of NU and Norman Miguel of Champion Supra called the shots for Team Hataw.





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