Valdez on 39-point explosion: Sinuwerte lang kanina
Mark Escarlote on Oct 05, 2016 10:38 PM
One thing na masasabi ko, kapag ibinibigay mo talaga ang 101 percent mo hindi mo rin talaga alam kung anong reward ang makukuha mo -- Alyssa Valdez
Superstar Alyssa Valdez made it rain Wednesday night.
The Bureau of Customs ace owned the spotlight as the Ateneo de Manila product shattered the six-year V-League scoring record by plucking 39 points on her way to steering the shorthanded Transformers to its second win in as many games in the Reinforced Conference at the PhilSports Arena.
The former Queen Eagle entered her name in the record book of the 13-year-old league, scoring the most points in a single game.
The three-time UAAP Most valuable Player and two-time UAA champion hammered 29 kills, nailed eight service aces and had a pair of kill blocks in BoC’s 18-25, 27-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-9, win over Laoag that pushed the Transformers on top of the heap tied with University of Sto. Tomas.
“One thing na masasabi ko, kapag ibinibigay mo talaga ang 101 percent mo hindi mo rin talaga alam kung anong reward ang makukuha mo,” said the 23-year-old hitter.
Valdez eclipsed the 38 points registered by former Ateneo Thai guest player Sontaya Keawbundit in Season 7 first conference.
She also broke the record of 37 points by a local player posted by former Adamson University star Angela Benting back in Season 6 second conference. Another ex-Ateneo Thai import Lithawat Kesinee also scored 37 markers back in Season 4.
Valdez broke her personal-best of 35 points while playing for Ateneo in the UAAP back in Season 75 in a five-set 22-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-16, 10-15, loss to Adamson Lady Falcons last January 20, 2013.
Keawbundit did her feat when she led Ateneo Lady Eagles to a 19-25, 25-15, 25-21, 20-25, 15-10, win against the Lyceum Lady Pirates in Game One of their battle for third series.
“Sinusuwerte lang din kanina,” added Valdez, who broke her personal-best of 35 points .
The Transformers played with only 10 eligible players as Thai imports Kanjana Kuthaisong and Nattanicha Jaisaen were again benched for the second straight game pending their completion of playing documents while Lilet Mabbayad and Pau Soriano skipped the game because of technicalities with their former league.
“So we just gave out 101 percent sa team and ‘yun, we’re really happy. Manalo, matalo alam naman ni coach na binigay namin ang 100 percent naming, OK lang masaya kami na nilabanan namin ang kalaban namin,” said the charming San Juan, Batangas native.
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