Rather than crumbling, the Bali Pure Purest Water Defenders shone in another five-set encounter against the Creamline Cool Smashers, keeping their Women’s Open Conference Finals hopes alive with a rousing 25-19, 19-25, 25-16, 15-13 win at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
Trading sets with Creamline just like in Game One, the Water Defenders mustered a strong finishing rally. With the lead swinging to both sides, Bali Pure got their noses ahead, 12-11, thanks to a Jerrili Malabanan hit. Jasmine Nabor then gave the Water Defenders their much-needed cushion, stuffing Rose Vargas for a 13-11 gap. Following a Macy Mendiola service error, Malabanan powered in another smash for set point. Risa Sato then came in to finish the match with a thunderous quick hit.
Bali Pure built their win on blocks, piling up 13 to Creamline’s six. Aiko Urdas topped the Water Defenders’ balanced scoring with 19 points. Malabanan finished with 15, while Grethcel Soltones added 12.
“Pasalamat ako kasi talagang lumaban ‘yung mga player ko,” said Bali Pure head coach Roger Gorayeb.
“Gusto ng tapusin ng Creamline, gusto din namin manalo. Last game, kasalanan namin ‘yung pagkatalo namin. Ngayon, pinakita namin na kaya naming bumawi. Pinakita nila na deserve din nila na pumunta ng Finals,” said the V-League’s only triple crown champion.
Adamson University standout Pau Soriano led Creamline with 19 points, while Cesca Racraquin added 14.
With a win on Wednesday, Bali Pure can enter their second straight PVL Finals. The Water Defenders became the only team to beat Creamline this season, so far.
Bali Pure (3) – Urdas 19, Malabanan 15, Soltones 12, Sato 10, Nabor 6, Mendiola 5, Cayuna 0, Oliveros 0, Singh 0, Pantone (L)
Creamline (2) – Soriano 19, Racraquin 14, Vargas 10, Mandapat 9, Pabayo 6, Morado 3, Bravo 2, Remulla 2, Cabanos 0, Patnongon 0, Suyat 0, Nunag (L)
Leo Austria keeps mum on Terrence Romeo trade as San Miguel offers 2 role players, 2 picks
SOURCES: Paul Zamar to be shipped to San Miguel
Renaldo Balkman tows San Miguel Alab past CLS in OT
Third round pick a blessing in disguise for Ginebra’s Matt Salem
Dark nights for La Salle Basketball
La Salle taps Danny Seigle as Team B ‘consultant’
Oliver Almadro optimistic after Ateneo-Motolite loss: ‘We have to stand firm in our faith’
Pocari Sweat, Motolite agree on Myla Pablo contract buyout
Perez, Parks Jr., Bolick go 1-2-3 in 2018 PBA Rookie Draft
Petron unstoppable, zaps F2 Logistics to take Game One
Generika-Ayala soars to best finish, grabs bronze from Cignal HD
Team Rebel looks to cater to more Filipinos with first store
- Basketball3 days ago
SOURCES: Jermaine Byrd to take over as La Salle head coach; Alab staff tapped as well
- Basketball4 days ago
Tim Lewis eyed as La Salle head coach; Alab coaches part of staff
- ADMU4 days ago
Ateneo Blue Eagles to receive second straight ECJ trophy
- Basketball4 days ago
Ray Parks Jr., Kris Porter to miss PBA Draft ceremonies