Air Force pummels winless Navy in Spikers Turf Open Conference
Jeffrey Malabanan had 12 points to help Air Force keep Navy winless. Dante Peralta

AIR Force downed Navy, 25-18, 22-25, 25-17, 25-19, for a confidence-boosting win going into the playoffs of the Spikers Turf Open Conference on Wednesday at the Filoil Arena in San Juan.

Fauzi Ismael led Air Force with 16 points, while Howard Mojica and Jeffrey Malabanan contributed 12 markers apiece to help the Raiders tie their possible playoffs opponent IEM at second place with a 3-1 win-loss card.

“Kailangan bago pumasok ng semis, manalo muna kami. Kasi ’yung IEM na team malakas din yun, kasi five sets sila ng Cignal” said Air Force coach Rhovyl Verayo.

Dave John Pletado and Nur Amin Madsairi had 11 points each for Navy,but it wasn't enough for them to nab their first win in the conference after four outings.

Air Force’s next game will be against IEM on Monday, while Navy will go head to head against winless Bounty Fresh on Saturday. 

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