Power Smashers outlast Banko Perlas in five-set thriller to barge into win column in PVL Open
The Power Smashers celebrate after finally scoring their first win after four matches in the PVL Open. Jerome Ascano

POWER Smashers overcame a tough Banko Perlas side to score their first win, 25-22, 16-25, 26-24, 23-25, 15-12, in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference on Saturday.

Jovelyn Prado powered the Power Smashers to their breakthrough victory in four matches with a team-high 22 points, including a couple of kills in the fifth set that put the team up, 12-10.

Regine Arocha added 18 points.

But Power Smashers head coach Nes Pamilar is far from satisfied even with his team ending a 0-3 start.

"Hindi pa rin yun yung hinahanap kong performance nila. Ang hinahanap ko kasi yung may magli-lead sa loob," Pamilar said.

Nicole Tiamzon paced Banko Perlas with 22 points, most of which she made late in the fourth set to force a decider.

Ella De Jesus chipped in 20 points, while Suzanne Roces and Kathy Bersola had 15 and 13, respectively for Banko Perlas, which dropped to 1-3. 

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