Cocolife caps stunning comeback with strong finish vs skidding Cignal to barge into win column
Cocolife scored its first win in the PSL Grand Prix after a stunning comeback over Cignal. Photo from PSL

BACOLOD City — Cocolife scored its first win in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix after it came from two sets down to deny Cignal, 19-25, 24-26, 27-25, 25-16, 15-9, on Saturday at University of St. La Salle here.

American imports Shar Latai Manu-Olevao and Taylor Milton led the way with 25 and 23 points, respectively, for the Asset Managers. Milton also registered six digs and eight excellent receptions.

It was a big morale boost for Cocolife, which snapped a two-game losing skid.

“Napakalaking turning point sa amin ito, napag-usapan nga naming ng management at coaching staff na kailangan naming kunin ito. Otherwise, lulubog kami. It’s sink or swim ang mangyayari sa amin,” said Cocolife coach Kungfu Reyes.

“Ngayon nag-dive kami pero umahon ulit kami. This time, malaking bagay na nanalo kami kasi morale-booster ito eh,” he added.

Down 6-8 in the fifth set, the Asset Managers cruised to a 7-0 run to take the lead, 13-8.

An error from Cocolife setter Tina Salak gave an extra point to the HD Spikers but Manu-Olevao pushed the Asset Managers at match point and Milton put the exclamation point.

But the wake-up call came in the third set when Cocolife was ahead, 23-21, but back-to-back errors tied the contest.

“Medyo lumalabas na ang sungay ko noong third set,” shared Reyes. “Ang sabi ko nga, ‘This is the third set but you’re still not getting your first ball. How can (we) win?’Nire-remind ko rin si Denden [Lazaro] na palakasin mo lang ang loob nila na kumuha rin ng first ball.”

American import Alexis Matthews finished with 20 points for Cignal, while Australian reinforcement Beth Carey added 13, Royse Tubino had 13 and Jovelyn Gonzaga chipped in 11.

Cignal absorbed its second straight loss and dropped to 1-3.

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