Petron Blaze overcomes Foton in four to force deciding match in Super Liga finals
Rupia Inck comes up with 25 points to help the Blaze Spikers keep their bid for a treble alive. Jerome Ascano

PETRON forced a rubber match for the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix title after a 25-13, 25-21, 23-25, 26-24 win over Foton on Monday at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Rupia Inck had 25 points, while Aby Marano and Dindin Santiago-Manabat each had 16 points as the Blaze Spikers held off a late charge by the Tornadoes and kept alive their bid for a third straight title.

Petron and Foton meet in the decider on Saturday afternoon at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Petron coach George Pascua said championship experience played a big factor for the Blaze Spikers, who were down 23-24 in the fourth set before engineering a comeback.

“Malaking bagay din ’yung championship experience. Kita mo talaga sa crucial part of the game. Although nag-papractice kami, iba pa rin ’yung experience,” said Pascua.

Lindsay Stalzer, the Tornadoes’ hero in the series opener, had 23 points, while Kathleen Messing and Jaja Santiago had 11 points each.

The Tornadoes put up a gallant stand and looked set to stretch the match to a fifth set, but Inck took command and forced a 24-24 tie. Stalzer was blocked by Santiago-Manabat before Messing send her shot long.

Petron also got a big boost from Jen Reyes, who tallied 25 excellent digs.

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