Petron survives Klisura's 38-point explosion, keeps unbeaten slate
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 15, 2018 10:25 PM
American import Lindsay Stalzer scored 22 points to help Petron repel Cocolife.
(Muntinlupa Sports Center)
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Petron continued with its winning ways to keep its pristine record intact while defending champion F2 Logistics kept its hold of the second spot in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Blaze Spikers collected its seventh straight win in as many outings after snapping Cocolife’s four-game winning streak with a 26-24, 25-18, 21-25, 25-20, decision.
Ces Molina stepped up in the absence of injured American import Hilary Hurley (right foot sprain) as the former San Beda University star dropped 21 points while American reinforcement Lindsay Stalzer had 22 markers for Petron, which survived the 38-point explosion of the Asset Managers’ Serbian sensation Sara Klisura.
Aiza Maizao-Pontillas got 13 points while Mika Reyes had nine for the Blaze Spikers.
“Cocolife, expect namin na lalaban talaga rin kasi ang ganda ng performance nila eh so para sa amin parang naisip ko nga kanina na wala pa ang isang import naming. Pero excited naman si Ces para doon sa posisyon niya na outside hitter hindi naman ako binigo, na-maximize namin ang strength niya so para sa amin malaking bagay,” said Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos.
Cocolife dropped to 4-3.
Meanwhile, the Cargo Movers cruise to an easy 25-21, 25-17, 25-14 victory over Cignal.
With Venezuelan import Maria Jose Perez and Kim Fajardo at the helm, the Cargo Movers asserted their dominance early on before going for the kill en route to this impressive victory.
Perez, the reigning Most Valuable Player awardee, delivered 15 kills to finish with game-high 16 points while Fajardo uncorked five aces on top of 18 excellent sets to help the Cargo Movers solidify their hold at the second spot with a 4-1 card.
Kennedy Bryan and Aby Marano were also on fire as they knocked down nine points apiece while playing solid defense at the net, leaving HD Spikers’ prolific imports Jeane Horton of United States and Sonja Milanovic struggling for form.
Milanovic finished with 12 points while Horton had only 10 markers for the HD Spikers, who suffered their third loss in five matches.