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Army thwarts 100 Plus in Kungfu Reyes’ return to action



Tiebreaker Times Army thwarts 100 Plus in Kungfu Reyes' return to action News PVL Volleyball  Rico De Guzman PJ Cuzon Philip Bagalay Patrick Rojas Kungfu Reyes John Wong Pacifar John Kenneth Bayking Joel Villoson Jasper Adorador Benjaylo Labide Army Troopers 2016 Spikers Turf Season 2016 Spikers Turf Reinforced Conference 100Plus Active Spikers

The Philippine Army Troopers outlasted 100 Plus in their first match of the Spikers’ Turf Reinforced Conference 28-26, 25-21, 19-25, 25-18 at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

Army pulled double-digit from four spikers led by open hitter PJ Rojas’ 19 points followed by Benjaylo Labide’ 14, Joel Villonson’s 12, and Antonio Torres’ 10.

Three-time UAAP champion, Army setter Emilio “Kungfu” Reyes also made a return to competitve volleyball after serving as a coach for University of Santo Tomas’ high school and college programs for the better part of the last decade.

Reyes, Army’s team captain, tossed 28 excellent sets. A utility hitter during his prime, Reyes admits that his game is far from where it used to be.

“Siyempre, hindi na talaga tulad noong kabataan ko. Hindi naman na ganoon kataas ang talon natin ngayon pero, siyempre, susubukan pa din natin dumiskarte,” Reyes, who led UST to UAAP championships in 1999, 2001, and 2003, told Tiebreaker Times.

“Sa totoo lang dapat panggulo lang ako dito, hindi ko lang talaga alam kung bakit ako nagamit. Pero gagawin pa ‘rin natin ang best natin para manalo. Ganoon naman ang mentality kahit player ka o coach.”

Mapua standout Pemi Bagalay towed 100 plus with 22 points off 22 for 43 attacking. Jasper Adorador added 14 while Bagalay’s Mapua teammate Peejay Cuzon talied 10 markers.

Army (1-0) next faces Champion Supra on Saturday, 12:30 pm at the PhilSports Arena. 100 Plus (0-1) takes on IEM (0-1) on Wednesday, October 12, 12:30 pm also at the PhilSports Arena.

The Scores

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Army (3) – Rojas 19, Labide 14, Villoson 12, Torres 10, Oxciano 6, Baloaloa 4, Reyes 2, Abdulmajid 1, Depamaylo J. 1, Depmaylo N. 0, Uy (L), Bayking (L)

100 Plus (1) – Bagalay 22, Adorador 14, Cuzon 10, Sarabia 7, Gerella 4, Wada 3, Aureo 0, Lucindo 0, Eugenio (L), Chua (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.