Mercado, Cruz show way as Shopinas turns back Cignal in Super Liga
Stephanie Mercado and the Lady Clickers stay within striking distance of league-leading Petron. 

BINAN, Laguna – beat Cignal, 25-23, 27-25, 17-25, 25-19, on Saturday to tighten its grip on second spot of the Philippine Super Liga All Filipino Conference at Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna.

Paneng Mercado scored 20 points, Cha Cruz added 15 and Arianna Angustia had 12 for the Lady Clickers, who scored their fifth win in eight matches.

Petron is on top with a 9-0 record, Foton is in third (5-3), followed by Philips Gold (4-5).

The Lady Clickers used a 5-0 blast to take control in the fourth and never looked back.

Mela Tunay scored 15 points, 12 from spikes, while Jeannette Panaga added 13, including five blocks, for the HD Spikers.

Returning player Cherry May Vivas, who played for Far Eastern University in the UAAP, delivered 12 markers and Perpetual Help rookie Ma. Lourdes Clemente also chipped in 12, including four blocks.

Cigal absorbed its fifth consecutive loss for a 1-7 record. The HD Spikers remained at the bottom, while Mane ‘N Tail is in sixth spot with a 2-6 slate.

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