SYSTEMA simply refused to lose this time as it hacked out a hard-earned 25-27, 29-27, 30-32, 25-8, 15-7 win over Via Mare on Sunday night in the Philippine Super Liga men’s volleyball tournament at the Cuneta Astrodome.
In a battle between two squads starving for their breakthrough victory in the All-Filipino conference, it was the Active Smashers who showed more desire as they bucked a two to one set deficit before playing to their potential in the final two sets to clinch the victory.
That paved the way for the Smashers to put an end to their two-game skid, while keeping their victims winless in three starts.
“It’s relieving,” Active Smashers coach Oliver Almadro said. “In the end, nag-matter lang `yung character at mindset namin.”
John Depante III, Chris Macasaet, and Mark Lee all breached the 20-point barrier for the Smashers, who broke the game wide open in the fourth period after a grueling first three periods.
Thriving in the left side, Depante fired a game-high 23 points, including five in the deciding fifth set, while Macasaet added 21 markers
“Teamwork can make a dream work,” said Lee, who had 20. “But we still have to work on our defense. Our offense is already a given, so our defense will be the best foundation for us.”
Actor Richard Gomez played a cameo role in the last two sets and even scored on match point.
Giann Ramos and Julius Raymundo registered 18 points apiece for the Voyagers, who led by a set, 2-1, before losing steam.