TWO-time champion PLDT Air-Force defeated erstwhile unbeaten Cignal, 26-24, 23-25, 25-14, 25-21, on Friday to take the top spot in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix men’s divison at the Cuneta Astrodome.
National team members Ranran Abdilla and Rodolfo Labrador each had 15 points to lead the Power Attackers to their second win in as in many games, while Ron Jay Galang and Jeffrey Malabanan added 10 markers apiece.
Jayson Ramos came off the bench to score seven as Air Force foiled Cignal’s bid for an elimination-round sweep. The HD Spikers hold a 3-1 win-loss card and now wait for the placing for the crossover semifinals.
“Malalim kasi ang bench ko, kaya kahit sinong ipasok ko effective talaga. Si Ramos naging factor siya sa game, malaki ang naitulong niya," said PLDT Air Force coach Jasper Jimenez.
“Pinatunayan lang ng team na ayaw namin mag-number two," said Jimenez, whose team returns to action on Saturday against Maybank.
"Ok lang naman kasi 'yung ibang players ko nakalaban na sila dati. Wala na kami pahinga diretso laro na kami bukas," he said.
Gilbert Ablan made 15 markers for Cignal, while Lorenzo Capate Jr. and Reyson Fuentes added 13 and 10, respectively.