COCOLIFE scored its second straight win in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix, beating guest team Victoria Sports-University of Sto. Tomas, 25-19, 16-25, 25-17, 25-20, on Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan.
American imports Taylor Milton and Shar Latai Manu-Olevao finished with 21 and 20 points, respectively, for the Asset Managers, while skipper Michele Gumabao added 16 in a match that took almost two hours to finish.
Milton and Manu-Olevao were also impressive on defense with a combined eight blocks, two thirds of the team’s total rejections.
The Asset Managers, who scored a come-from-behind win over Cignal in Bacolod City on Saturday, improved to 2-2.
“’Yun nga talagang bumubuwelo na kami kahit papaano. Mas mahirap naman imagine-in na magiging 1-3 pa kami dahil tatalunin pa kami ng collegiate team,” said Cocolife coach Kungfu Reyes.
“Ito ‘yung mga pagkakataon na must-win itong larong ito para makabuwelo kami. Para ‘di kami sink or swim. Ngayon dire-diretso na kami, umaangat na kami,” he added.
Reyes is hoping that they can sustain the momentum and find remedy to their lapses as they face F2 Logistics on Saturday at Malolos Sports and Convention Center in Bulacan.
“Hopefully bago dumating ‘yung Sabado is ma-fix namin kung ano ‘yung dapat naming ayusin dahil F2 (Logistics) kasi (ang kalaban),” he said.
“Nakita natin kung paano sila maglaro that’s why kailangan naming maging consistent especially sa first ball,” he added.
Mary Dominique Pacres and Carla Sandoval led the way for Victoria Sports-UST with 14 points apiece, while Japanese import Yukie Inamasu, who arrived on Monday, added 11.
It was Victoria Sports-UST's first match of the tournament.