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Air Force musters late barrage to down Cignal HD in Game One



Tiebreaker Times Air Force musters late barrage to down Cignal HD in Game One News PVL Volleyball  Ysay Marasigan Ricky Marcos Rhovyl Verayo RanRan Abdilla Pitrus De Ocampo Oliver Almadro Marck Espejo Cignal HD Spikers Bryan Bagunas Air Force Jet Spikers 2018 PVL Season 2018 PVL Men's Reinforced Conference

After four back-and-forth sets, the Air Force Jet Spikers blitzed the Cignal HD Spikers in a decider and took Game One of the PVL Reinforced Conference Finals, 22-25, 25-23, 19-25, 30-28, 15-8, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Exchanging deft plays in a long deuce, the Jet Spikers steadied their wills and stayed focused in the fourth set to force a fifth set.

“Talagang hintayan lang ng breaks and kung sino ‘yung may gusto manalo noong fourth set na ‘yun,” said Air Force head coach Rhovyl Verayo.

Air Force finally got their bearings in the final frame, leaning on Ranran Abdilla and their sturdy blocking to build an insurmountable 9-2 lead.

“Naging specific lang kami sa instruction sa kanila. Mabuti, na-execute namin,” added Veryao.

Bryan Bagunas led the Jet Spikers with 25 points, while Abdilla finished with 22.

Marck Espejo topped the HD Spikers witb 27 markers off 24 attacks and three blocks. Captaim Ysay Marasigan managed 15 points.

Game Two will be on Wednesday at the same venue.

Meanwhile, the Vice Co. Blockbusters stepped closer to bronze after outlasting the PLDT Home Fibr Power Hitters, 17-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-23, early Sunday morning.

PLDT helped Vice Co., giving up 35 errors to PLDT’s 20. Middle blocker JP Bugaoan led the blockbusters with 11 points.

The Scores

Air Force (3) – Bagunas 25, Abdilla 22, Ismail 11, Fuentes 9, Malabanan 9, De Ocampo 4, Labrador 0, Lopez 0, Tolentino 0, Marcos (L)

Cignal HD (2) – Espejo 27, Marasigan 15, Intal 10, Miguel 8, Torres 6, Polvorosa 3, Bonono 2, Mangulabnan 0, Sto. Tomas 0, Montero (L)

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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