BINAN, Laguna - Dindin Santiago-Manabat poured in 23 points while four others scored in double digits as Petron demolished Foton, 25-18, 26-24, 20-25, 25-19, in the Philippine Super Liga All Filipino Conference at the Alonte Sports Arena in here Thursday.
Santiago-Manabat scattered 20 spikes, a block, and two service aces for the Blaze Spikers, who assumed the solo lead following their second straight win.
Former San Beda standout Frances Molina chipped in 14, Aby Maraño added 11, and skipper Maica Morada made 10.
Rachel Anne Daquis debuted with 11 points for Petron after missing out on the team’s opening-day win over Philips Gold.
Despite the win, Petron coach George Pascua hinted about minor chemistry problem within his star-studded team.
“Kailangan pa namin maging united as one team,” he said. “Individual skills malalakas ang players ko, sobrang taas ng level. Pero minsan may time na nagkakanya-kanya sila. Wala pang gaanong team chemistry especially sa setter.”
Ivy Perez, the team’s starting setter, attempted 79 sets but only 16 were converted to points. She had eight successful sets from 37 tries in the Blaze Spikers’ first win.
“Sa dami ng spikers na magagaling, gusto niya (Perez) galingan ang bigay which is hindi naman dapat. Kailangan lang maayos na bigay at dapat maconvert,” said Pascua.
Down by five, 17-22, Petron rallied behind an 8-2 run to lead two sets to none, but Patty Orendain proved unstoppable in the third set as Foton extended the match.
From a 12-all contest in the third, the Blaze Spikers capitalized on the Tornadoes' successive errors to take the upper hand, 21-14, and never looked back.
Foton suffered its first loss to even its record at 1-1.
The loss put to naught the 22 points of rookie Nicole Tiamzon and the 21 of Orendain.