MARCK Espejo showed the way as Cignal erased a 1-2 set deficit to beat Go For Gold-Air Force, 26-24, 21-25, 21-25, 25-23, 15-7, and reclaim the Spikers’ Turf Reinforced Conference title on Sunday night.
Espejo scored 28 points built on 25 kills and also had 24 excellent receptions as Cignal completed the stirring comeback in Game Two of the finals and dethrone the Jey Spikers at th Paco Arena.
As Cignal forced a deciding set, other heroes rose to the occasion with Jude Garcia, Ysay Marasigan and Rex Intal mounting a 6-2 start before stretching it to 13-6 despite the counter attacks of Bryan Bagunas for Air Force.
Espejo delivered the back-to-back spikes that sealed Cignal’s fourth Spikers’ Turf championship to go with titles in the 2015 and 2017 Reinforced and the Open Conference two years ago.
“Sabi pa lang from the start, kahit anong mangyari, kahit na lumamang yung kalaban wala tayong ibang gagawin. Gagawa tayo ng history,” said Cignal head coach Dexter Clamor. “Una pa lang, ‘Let’s make history lang. Mananalo at mananalo tayo.’”
Espejo was named Finals MVP as he also led the HD Spikers in Game One with 19 points for a four-set win last Friday.
Garcia also stepped up with 19 points. Marasigan and Bugaoan chipped in 13 points apiece. Best Setter Vince Mangulaban dished out 35 excellent sets, while Best Libero Manuel Sumanguid had 19 receptions and 16 digs.
Bagunas, who is set to leave for Japan in a few weeks as he joins Oita Miyoshi Weisse Adler in its 2019-20 Japan V-League campaign, played his last game with 25 points in a losing effort.
Newly-crowned conference MVP Ranran Abdilla added 17 points.