CIGNAL did short work of Bench-Systema, 25-23, 25-16, 25-13, as it starts its campaign in the men's division of the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix on a high note at the Astrodome on Wednesday.
New player Lorenzo Capate Jr., taking over the place of Howard Mojica, led the HD Spikers with 19 points, while Cignal mainstay Jat dela Cruz added 11.
“I'm very happy because the players that I get 'di ako pinahiya," said Cignal assistant coach Sammy Acaylar. "He (Capate) is the best player of San Beda and he delivered."
Acaylar tapped Capate Jr., National University's Reyson Fuentes, and former Far Eastern University standout Alexis Faytaren to fill in the shoes left by Mojica, who is currently with the national team.
Also not in the team roster this conference is Bonjomar Castel, who decided to focus instead in the coming NCAA season with University of Perpetual Help.
"Actually I was afraid kasi nag-invite ako ng bagong players, natakot ako kasi 'yung bonding ng team (baka hindi ok). Ang gusto ko kasi ang players mag-adjust agad. Good thing naman nag-jell sila agad," said Acaylar.
The veteran mentor, whose team took only an hour and 35 minutes to finish the match, also stressed the need of Cignal to have a killer instinct.
He also made known what he is expecting from the team and wants the players to exceed what they do in practice.
"Ang gusto ko kasi ma-develop nila ang animal instinct, 'yung ma-kill nila agad ang kalaban," he added. "Kasi I expect an effort from them, gusto ko makita ang ginagawa namin sa practice or more pa nga," he said.
John Depante had 10 points for Bench-Systema (0-1).