Michelle Gumabao heroics rescue Philips Gold in Super Liga five-setter against Cignal
Desiree Dadang of Philips Gold battles Lourdes Clemente of Cignal.

PHILIPS Gold turned back Cignal, 25-19, 23-25, 22-25, 25-21, 15-10, for its first back-to-back wins in the Philippine Super Liga All Filipino Conference at the Cuneta Astrodome on Thursday night.

Myla Pablo and skipper Michele Gumabao carried the Lady Slammers to their fourth win in eight games with 22 and 21 points, respectively, in a five-set match that took two hours and 15 minutes to finish.

Coming off a thrilling 25-11, 16-25, 25-20, 13-25, 15-11, win over Shopinas.com the night before, Philips Gold leapfrogged Foton (3-4) to third spot in the standings.

Lady Slammers coach Francis Vicente was pleased to see the team play as one solid unit but rued his wards' tendency to be complacent when they have the lead.

“Masaya ako siympre kasi kahit paano pa na panalo ‘yan, panalo pa rin ‘yan,” said the veteran mentor. “Kasama ‘yan sa statistics, sa win-loss record, kesyo five sets ‘yan ang importante panalo.

“Pero kasi minsan ‘yung mga bata nagiging complacent lalo pag malaki lamang, iniisip nila, 'Ok lang ‘yan malaki naman ang lamang.' ‘Yun ang kailangan namin i-workout,” he added.

Philips Gold went on a 5-2 run for a 10-6 lead in the deciding set, but Cignal kept it close, 8-11.

Gumabao took control from there as the former La Salle star came up with a power hit and a block on rookie Lourdes Clemente’s attack to give the Lady Slammers a 13-8 breathing room.

The HD Spikers regained composure after a timeout and cut down the deficit to 10-13, but Gumabao rose to the occasion by delivering the winning points for Philips Gold.

Jeanette Panaga made 15 points for Cignal while former Far Eastern University star Cherry May Vivas added 13, Jannine Navarro made 12 and Clemented finished with 10.

The HD Spikers absorbed their fourth consecutive loss for a 1-6 win-loss record.

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