DINDIN Santiago led the way anew as Petron downed winless Cagayan Valley, 22-25, 25-14, 25-20, 25-21, on Wednesday in the Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino Conference at Cuneta Astrodome.
The 6-foot-2 Santiago poured in 31 points from 24 spikes, three blocks and four service aces for the Blaze Spikers, who joined idle AirAsia in the top spot with a 2-0 win-loss card.
Santiago’s National University teammate Mina Aganon also came up with another huge performance for Petron with 18 points, while Sandra de los Santos added 10.
In their previous match, 20-year-old Santiago erupted with a league record 37 points, while Aganon scored 16 as Petron downed PLDT Home Tvolution.
Down by one, 20-21, in the fourth set, the Blaze Spikers scored five straight points to seal the win.
“Gaya nga ng sabi ko sa mga players, good start, kailangan good end rin,” said Petron coach George Pascua. “Lahat ng ginawa namin sa training na-execute naman ng maayos.”
“Pinaghandaan namin ’yan (Cagayan), pinaghirapan namin. Sabi ko sa players, ’di nila deserve matalo dahil sa training at sacrifice na ginagawa namin at saka ’yung desire nila manalo andnon na, pati ang character nila na fighter at good player nandoon na na-build na,” he added.
Team captain Angge Tabaquero had 15 points, while Aiza Maizo-Pontillas and Wenneth Eulalio chipped in 11 points each for the Lady Rising Suns, who are winless in three outings.