Howard Mojica stars as Air Force downs IEM to advance to Spikers Turf finals

AIR Force outlasted Instituto Estetico Manila, 25-15, 25-21, 34-32, on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre to gain the Spikers' Turf Open Conference finals.

Howard Mojica had 15 points, while Jeffrey Malabanan and Rodolfo Labrador added 12 points each for the Airmen, who return to the finals after a runner-up finish in the Reinforced Conference.

"Syempre masaya kami nakarating na naman kami ng finals,” Airmen head coach Rhovyl Verayo said after completing the sweep of the best-of-three semifinals.

Air Force was forced to nine deuces including at 32-32 until a Fauzi Ismail running attack and an off the block kill from Mojica secured the win.

“Syempre yung IEM hindi mo mabasta-basta team yun eh, puro magagaling maglaro iyon, pag sa crucial na 23-23 all, 24-24, yung sino gusto manalo yun yung mananalo,” he added.

Greg Dolor had 14 points for IEM. Gabriel Pe

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