Petron essays come from behind win, takes Game 1

ABS-CBN Sports on May 01, 2018 10:37 PM
Petron essays come from behind win, takes Game 1
American reinforcement Katherine Bell dropped 42 points to help Petron complete a come-from-behind five-set win to draw first blood in the best-of-three Finals.

American import Katherine Bell came out smoking, scoring 42 points to engineer a thrilling, 23-25, 20-25, 25-15, 25-22, 15-9, win Tuesday night in Game 1 of the 2018 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix best of three Finals at the Big Dome.    

A late replacement for Hillary Hurley, Bell was at her best as she delivered the crucial blows for the Blaze Spikers including the match-clinching attack to complete the comeback.

Bell tallied 36 attacks, four aces and two blocks for the league’s second-highest production since Smart import Gyselle Silva exploded for league-record 56 points.

Lindsay Stalzer finished with 17 points while Mika Reyes and Aiza Maizo-Pontillas scattered nine markers each for the Blaze Spikers, who are looking to exact revenge on the same rival that denied them the crown last year.

The Cargo Movers, however, still has a chance to even things out when they march to Game 2 on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Venezuelan Maria Jose Perez and Kennedy Bryan had 16 and 15 points, respectively, for F2 Logistics, who received 31 free points off Petron’s errors.

Meanwhile, Foton closed its campaign on a sizzling note as it outmuscled Cocolife, 21-25, 25-22, 26-24, 25-19, to cop the bronze medal.

American import Channon Thompson spewed fire down the stretch to star for the Tornadoes, who took their sweet time before going for the kill to essay a strong finish.

With the victory, Foton emerged with a bronze medal to match its previous finish in last year’s edition.

Thompson was the star of the show as she tallied 22 attacks, two blocks and two aces to finish with 26 points while Santiago chipped in 23 markers for the Tornadoes, who ruled the Grand Prix in 2015 and 2016.

Serbian Marta Drpa knocked down 20 kills and three blocks while Sara Klisura battled a painful shoulder to submit 14 hits for the Asset Managers, who also matched their fourth-place finish last year.

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