Cocolife evens record to 3-3, adds woes to Iriga City

Mark Escarlote on Nov 16, 2017 07:04 PM
Cocolife evens record to 3-3, adds woes to Iriga City
American import Taylor Milton of Cocolife penetrates the defense of Iriga City.

Games Saturday:

(De La Salle Lipa Sentrum)

4:00 p.m. -- Foton vs Sta. Lucia

6:00 p.m. -- Victoria Sports-UST vs F2 Logistics

 

Cocolife turned to American imports Taylor Milton and Tai Manu-Olevao in the tight third set to stave off the gritty Iriga City, 25-23, 25-15, 26-24, in the 2017 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan Thursday.

The duo banged in crucial hits in the clutch to douse cold water on the torrid fightback from the Lady Oragons as the Asset Managers collected their third win in six outings. 

With the win, Cocolife formally barged into the top four behind unbeaten F2 Logistics, Petron (5-1) and Foton (4-1) as the tourney enters the crucial stretch of the single-round eliminations.

Milton hammered 19 kills to close the match with 20 points while Manu-Olevao knocked down 16 kills, two blocks and an ace in a 19-point outing for the Asset Managers.

“Kay Iriga anytime na mag-relax ka tutuhugin ka eh,” said Cocolife coach Kungfu Reyes. “Yung third set nag-struggle kami buti na lang naka-recover.”

True enough, the Lady Oragons were tough nuts to crack.

After pummeling Iriga City in the first two sets, the Asset Managers were comfortably ahead, 18-11, in third before the Lady Oragons gave a scary rally.

Behind the hot smashes of Japanese Saama Miyagawa and Serbian Tamara Kmezic and their steady reception, Iriga City engineered a furious fightback to knot the match at 20, pushing the Asset Managers on the verge of a potential fourth set.

Iriga City finally took the lead, 24-23, but Milton delivered back-to-back hits to steal the match point, 25-24.

Then, Kath Villegas was assessed with an attack error, giving the victory to the Asset Managers.

Kmezic finished with 13 kills and two blocks for 16 points while Miyagawa chipped in 10 markers for the Lady Oragons, who absorbed their fourth straight setback after opening the conference with an impressive win over Sta. Lucia Realty.

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