Foton settles for third in sweep of Cocolife

Mark Escarlote on Dec 12, 2017 05:52 PM
Foton settles for third in sweep of Cocolife
Foton claims the bronze medal after sweeping Cocolife.

Game Thursday:

(Filoil Flying V Centre)

7:00 p.m. –-- F2 Logistics vs Petron


Foton salvaged a third place finish after a quick work of Cocolife, 25-17, 25-16, 25-17, Tuesday in the 2017 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Reeling from losing its back-to-back titles after receiving the boot from bitter rival Petron in the knockout semifinals, the Tornadoes vented their ire on the Asset Managers for a podium finish in the season-ending import-laden conference.

Serbian import Sara Klisura, Dragana Perunicic of Montenegro and Jaja Santiago wreaked havoc on all angles to silence Cocolife, which gave Foton a tough challenge at the start each set only to slowly fade away.

Santiago had a superb scoring perfomance, hitting 10 spikes while adding four kill blocks and three aces for game-high 17 points while Klisura and Perunicic had 13 and 11 markers, respectively, for the Tornadoes.

Ivy Perez tallied 22 excellent sets in Foton's 40 attack points while receiving 19 free points off Cocolife's errors.

Despite a title-less campaign, Foton's Serbian coach Moro Branislav said that he's still satisfied with his team's performance. 

"I'm satisfied with how my team performed this year. I'm a professional coach. You can't win all the time but the team played well this conference so I'm satisfied," he said.         

The Tornadoes broke a tight 12-10 opening set with a 12-3 barrage for a commanding 24-13 lead. The Asset Managers saved four match points before yielding.

Foton saw its 8-2 lead in the second frame evaporate and trailed, 11-10, before unleashing an 11-1 scoring spurt to build a 21-12 lead as Cocolife failed to recover.        

The Asset Managers, who had their best finish since joining the league early this year, made a final push in the third only to see the Tornadoes break free in the middle of the frame.   

American import Shar Latai Manu-Olevao finished with 16 points while compatriot Taylor Milton had 10 for Cocolife.



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