Petron ends Foton's winning streak in five-set thriller

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 24, 2017 10:07 PM
Petron ends Foton's winning streak in five-set thriller
Petron's opposite hitter Aiza Maizo-Pontillas penetrates the defense of Foton.

BATANGAS CITY – Petron and Foton gave the packed crowd inside the Batangas City Coliseum here a thrilling match Saturday.

The Blaze Spikers blemished the erstwhile unbeaten record of the Tornadoes, 25-20, 18-25, 21-25, 25-19, 15-11, to end Pool C of the preliminary round with a 4-2 win-loss record in the 2017 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference.   

"Siyempre sobrang happy and thankful kami. Para sa akin happy ako kasi na-test ang team namin at na-overcome namin," said Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos. "Natalo [kami last game against Cignal] at nakarecover kami."

Aiza Maizo-Pontillas finished with 17 points while Toni Basas had nine for the Blaze Spikers. Mika Reyes and Bernadeth Pons had seven markers each for Petron.  

Jaja Santiago scored 20 points, EJ Laure had 17 while Maika Ortiz chipped in 13 markers for Foton, which had its five-game winning streak snapped.

Meanwhile, defending champion F2 Logistics turned back Sta. Lucia, 25-18, 25-16, 18-25, 25-10, in Pool D of the preliminary round.  

The Cargo Movers recovered from a third set meltdown with great display of solid net defense and blinding attacks to bury the Lady Realtors in the fourth on their way to claiming their fourth win in six games to lock the top spot in the crossover quarterfinals.

Majoy Baron wreaked havoc all over the court, smashing 12 attacks while nailing seven service line winners with three blocks for game-high 22 points for F2 Logistics, which will take on the no. 4 team in Pool C in the knockout quarterfinals. 

Kim Kianna Dy added 12 points while Aby Marano and Des Cheng combined for 14 markers for the Cargo Movers.

F2 Logistics dominated SLR in the first two frames but the Lady Realtors behind Jannine Navarro, Rialen Sante, Mar-Jana Phillips and reliever Danika Gendrauli teamed up to avoid a sweep.

The Lady Realtors carried the momentum of their third set win early in the fourth, racing to a 4-2 lead before F2 Logistics countered with a huge 13-0 rally highlighted by defensive gems at the net, barrage of attacks coming from Dy and Marano and a couple of aces from Baron, the reigning UAAP Most Valuable Player.      

“’Yun nga ang sabi ko sa kanila na hindi na tayo natuto noong mga previous games natin. Na kapag nakakuha ng first two sets nandyan ‘yung nawawalan ng respeto sa kalaban, ayaw mag-receive, ayaw mag-block, ayaw dumepensa,” said F2 Logistics coach Ramil De Jesus.

“Sabi ko hindi talaga tayo mananalo, ‘yung lahat ng skills sa loob ayaw ninyong gawin. Hindi pwedeng mag-aantay lang tayo ng errors ng kalaban. Hindi ganoon kadali ‘yun sabi ko. Bigyan n’yo ng respeto ang kalaban sa fourth set,” he added.

Sta. Lucia dropped to 2-4 slate at no. 2 spot.

Navarro, Sante and Phillips scored eight markers each for SLR.

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