Foton levels PSL All-Filipino Conference Finals series, 1-1
Mark Escarlote on Aug 13, 2016 05:52 PM
STAYING ALIVE --- Foton survived a do-or-die Game 2 and forced a Finals series decider against F2 Logistics on Wednesday.
Foton forced a decider in their best-of-three 2016 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Finals series against F2 Logistics Saturday with a gutsy come-from-behind 18-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-18, win at The Arena in San Juan.
The Tornadoes leveled the series at one game apiece and are in the same position as last conference finals when Foton captured the 2015 Grand Prix title.
Game 3 is on Wednesday starting at 5:00 p.m. on the same venue.
It was the Tornadoes’ good reception that spelled the difference in Game 2 after Foton gave away 14 aces in their five-set series opening loss last Wednesday. The Tornadoes only yielded two in Game 2.
“We are receiving better which is ‘yun talaga ang nawala sa amin noong Game 1,” said Foton coach Vilet Ponce De Leon.
Jaja Santiago once again led the Tornadoes as the 6-foot-5 middle hitter uncorked 19 points coming off 14 kills with three kill blocks and a pair of aces. Spitfire Cherry Rondina was all over the court pouring 14 attack points in her total of 15 markers while playing superb floor coverage with nine digs and six excellent receptions for Foton.
Former University of Sto. Toas star Maika Ortiz showed her vintage form by scoring 13 points while Patty Orendain chipped in 10. Rhea Dimaculangan dished out 36 excellent sets in Foton’s total of 51 attacks.
With the match even after two sets, the Cargo Movers were just three points away from taking the match lead with a 22-20 lead before the Tornadoes stormed its way into stealing the frame with five straight points.
A couple of net touch violation from F2 Logistics midway in the fourth set, that was delayed for a few minutes because of a leaking roof, turned the Cargo Movers’ 14-16 deficit to a five-point hole that they failed to recover from.
F2 Logistics tried to make a run but Rondina and Santiago kept them at bay. The Cargo Movers challenged a block touch in the last play but was denied after a video review as the Tornadoes live to fight another day.
Ara Galang finished with 16 points, Kim Dy had 11 markers while Mika Reyes and Abigail Marano had nine markers each for F2 Logistics.
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