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PSL GP 2018 Petron vs. Smart – Stalzer, Dimaculangan-8066
PSL GP 2018 Petron vs. Smart – Stalzer, Dimaculangan-8066

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Petron hands SMART Prepaid second loss


Gunning for redemption this year, the Petron Blaze Spikers rattled off their third straight win in the 2018 Chooks-to-Go/Philippine Superliga and overwhelmed the SMART Prepaid Giga Hitters, 25-12, 25-14, 25-17, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Spurned from a rare double-crown in 2017, Petron are determined to secure the Grand Prix, the only major championship they missed last year.

Against Smart, the Blaze Spikers showed their all-around dominance, with hard-hitting American imports Lindsay Stalzer and Hilary Hurley providing 15 and 14 points, respectively. The Giga Hitters only had Cuban open hitter Gyselle Silva in double-digits with 23 markers.

The Blaze Spikers kept a tidy error tally, allowing just 10, while Smart had 23. Head coach Shaq Delos Santos emphasized this was a major talking point throughout their training.

“Siyempre, dinedevelop pa rin namin, not only the skills, but siyempre ‘yung communication namin and then ang character ng team kapag naka-encounter kami ng struggles sa loob ng court,” Delos Santos said.

“Magandang morale booster ito and isa na rin sa magiging key namin. So, hopefully, ma-maintain and for sure ile-level up pa namin ang laro namin,” he pointed out.

The Blaze Spikers (3-0) face the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers (1-0) in a rematch of their epic, three-game encounter in the 2017 Grand Prix Finals on Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. Smart (0-2), on the other hand, take on the Foton Tornadoes (1-1) on Tuesday, also at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Scores

Petron (3) – Stalzer 15, Hurley 14, Reyes 6, Molina 4, Pontillas 4, Dimaculangan 3, Cortez 2, Tunay 2, Malaluan 1, Gaiser (L), Fukuda (L)

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SMART Prepaid (0) – Silva 23, Acuna 3, Sindayen 3, Serfica 2, Delos Reyes 1, Urriza 1, Bangcola 0, Madulid 0, Sabas 0, Agno (L)

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Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.

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