Coming off their first loss of the 2018 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference, the Foton Blue Energy got back on their feet with a decisive win over the Cocolife Asset Managers, 25-23, 26-28, 25-21, 25-19, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
The Blue Energy pulled 18 points apiece from leading scorer Mina Aganon and starting six newcomer Carla Sandoval, who filled in for injured Arianne Layug.
Foton head coach Aaron Velez praised his team’s resilience after they absorbed their first loss to F2 Logistics.
“We’re very happy because that loss really showed a lot of our weaknesses. As a team, we need to address those so we keep improving,” said Velez, who is going through his first tour of duty as head coach.
“We know that there are going to be more challenges for us as the season goes along. We’re glad that we got through Cocolife today,” added the youthful mentor.
Kalei Mau, who exploded for 25 points to lead Cocolife to their first win last Saturday, managed 21 against the Blue Energy. The Fil-American was the only Asset Manager in double-digits.
Foton (5-1) will face the Petron Blaze Spikers (5-0) on Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. Cocolife (1-5) play their last first round match on also on Thursday, against the Generika-Ayala Lifesavers (2-3).
Foton (3) – Aganon 18, Sandoval 18, Rosario 8, Fabay 7, De Leon 6, Casugod 5, Ortiz 5, Rosario 5, Perez 1, Sy 1, Yongco 0, Reyes (L)
Cocolife (1) – Mau 21, Tan 9, Berte 8, Angustia 7, Tiu 6, Barroga 5, Banggad 1, Palec 1, Yongco 1, Tongco 0, Lazaro (L).
Is Alaska replacing Chris Daniels? Not right now, says Compton
Terrence Jones not too concerned about first PBA ejection
Terrence Jones heats up both on and off court as TNT drubs Alaska
Sean Anthony looking to prevent NorthPort’s ‘2-0 curse’
Ateneo Lady Eagles in unison: ‘Sisi Rondina made everything so much harder’
Mighty Sports taps Mikey Williams, Aaron Black for Jones Cup
Tolentino siblings made sure to bring glory to Ateneo in final years
Kat Tolentino leaves Ateneo at peace
- News5 days ago
Alyssa Valdez ready to defend PVL Reinforced crown but wary of stacked field
- Basketball4 days ago
Charles Tiu to reunite with mentor Rajko Toroman in Mighty Sports
- 3x3 Basketball4 days ago
Ricci Rivero hurt as Gilas Men’s 3×3 fall to Thailand in Asia Cup opener
- ADMU4 days ago
Cherry Rondina, Jessie Lacuna hailed as top UAAP athletes