By: Ohmer Bautista
Buoyed by an opening day upset over the defending champion Creamline, the Petro Gazz Angels made swift work of the re-tooled BanKo Perlas Spikers, 25-19, 25-21, 25-12, in the PVL Reinforced Conference Season 3, Wednesday evening at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.
Janisa Johnson and Wilma Salas conspired and towed Petro Gazz anew, scoring 21 and 18 points respectively.
Johnson converted on 19 of her 34 attack attempts. On the other hand, Salas had an efficient 48-percent attack efficiency – much to the delight of Angels head coach Arnold Laniog.
“Swerte ulit, we have two high percentage-imports. But overall, yung game plan nasunod at nasa part ng coaching staff talaga. Second game, it’s too early kaya one game at a time lang,” said Laniog.
Leading 2-0 in sets, Petro Gazz raced to a comfortable 10-point cushion in the third frame, 20-10, after Janisa Johnson registered back-to-back points via a kill and a block.
Following a bevy of attacks and a string of costly errors on the Perlas’ side, the Angels slammed the door to post their second win of the season.
American import Kia Bright – who had a scoring tear in last year’s edition of the import-laden conference – opened her season with a dismal six points for BanKo.
Former UP Lady Maroon Nicole Tiamzon led BanKo in scoring with 11 markers.
Debuting Yashemin Yildrim, a Turkey national, had nine points for the Perlas Spikers.
“The more na nananalo kami, the more na dapat nagpe-prepared kami ng double time. Hangga’t kaya namin ma-sustain ‘yung ganitong level of game, so ta-try namin. The more na manalo kami, the more na mag-pu-push kami,” Laniog ended.
BanKo will try to bounce back and score their first win as they take on BaliPure Water Defenders on Saturday, June 1. Meanwhile, Petro Gazz seeks to keep their hot streak alive as they face newcomer Motolite on Sunday, June 2, at the same venue.