Lady Warriors drub Transformers, win third straight
Mark Escarlote on Oct 22, 2016 08:32 PM
American import Bre Mackie of Pocari Sweat drops 14 points in the Lady Warriors' sweep of Bureau of Customs.
Pocari Sweat silenced the partisan crowd inside the PhilSports Arena with a masterful 25-22, 25-22, 25-14, victory over the Alyssa Valdez-led Bureau of Customs Transformers Saturday to roll to their third straight win in the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference at the PhilSports Arena.
The Open Conference champion Lady Warriors staved off a sizzling rally mounted by the Transformers in the first set, crawled their way out of a five-point hole in the closing stretch in the second frame before running over BoC midway in the third to improve to 3-1 win-loss record tied with BaliPure.
"Happy kami sa turnout ngayon kasi nakikita namin na nagdyi-jell na ang team," said Pocari Sweat coach Rommel Abella. "Mga 85-90% na ang mag-jell ng team namin so happy kami sa effort na ibinigay nila ngayon."
American import Bre Mackie, Andrea Kacsits and locals Michele Gumabao and Open Conference Finals Most Valuable Player Myla Pablo teamed up to pepper the defense of BoC with stinging kills to deny the Transformers in its first attempt to secure at least a playoff for a semifinals spot.
Mackie scored 14 points with all but one coming off kills while Pablo had 11 markers for Pocari Sweat. Kacsits and Desiree Dadang scored six each.
Pocari Sweat overhauled a 15-20 deficit in the second set with a blinding seven unanswered points to take a two-point the lead before closing the frame with a 3-2 finishing kick to take a 2-0 match lead.
"With Iris (Tolenada) serving and we're down by five, I just instructed Iris to have her service in and then we should block, defend and hustle. I'm so glad na nag-respond ang team namin," said Abella. "Its a big turn around kasi if we lost that set hindi natin alam kung anong mangyayari eh."
With a big win in the second set, the Lady Warriors took the confidence out of BoC to wrap the win in a convincing fashion.
The Transformers slid to 3-2 card despite the 18-point effort of Valdez.
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