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    Petron blazes trail to Super Liga semifinals after emphatic win over Meralco

    Nov 5, 2015
    The Petron Blaze Spikers are back in top form after a patchy start. Dante Peralta

    DEFENDING champion Petron made short work of a listless Meralco, 27-25, 25-20, 25-21, to become the first team to secure a semifinal berth in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix at The Arena in San Juan on Thursday.

    Brazilian reinforcement Rupia Inck led the way with 17 points while Dindin Santiago-Manabat added 12 as the Blaze Spikers completed its rise from a slow start to claim solo top spot with a 6-2 (win-loss) record.

    Petron coach George Pascua, however, warned the team against lowering its guard.

    “Although pasok na kami sa semis, magsa-strive pa rin kami para manalo pa sa remaining games,” said the veteran mentor. “Sinasabi ko sa kanila, mahina o malakas ang kalaban kailangan pang-championship ang game namin.”

    Pascua said the turning point of the match came in the first set, when the Blaze Spikers overcame a 23-19 deficit.

    “Possible ‘yun ang (turning point) pero ‘yung mga ganoong situation kasi ina-apply namin sa practice ‘yun,” said Pascua. “Sa training ‘yung mga crucial points ineensayo namin.”

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    American import Christina Alessi made 11 points for Meralco, which, after losing its sixth straight game, will need to sweep its remaining four games to have a chance at a semifinal appearance.

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