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Red Spikers roar to sixth win at Knights’ expense

League-leading San Beda College Red Spikers moved closer to a return trip to the Final Four after upending the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights, 25-16, 17-25, 25-17, 23-25, 16-14, Wednesday afternoon at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

For the second straight match, outside hitter Adrian Viray paced the Mendiola spikers, after getting 23 points in this contest.

The Knights took advantage of their net defense to pull of the win in the second and fourth frames.

Nonetheless, the Red Spikers would not denied with their firepower after putting up 63 attacks, most of which came from the first and third sets.

In the deciding set, Mark Enciso carried the cudgels for San Beda, before Bobby Gatdula rallied the Knights for a comeback. However, Viray then fired off two kills to close out the match for good.

Enciso registered 14 points for the red-shirts, but it was Alfie Mascariñas who pumped up the squad with 10 markers off the bench.

Middle hitter PJ Alilio had a breakout game with 19 points, tying team’s top scorer Bobby Gatdula.

Despite the win, San Beda head coach Jose Roque could not hide his dismay on his ward’s performance.

“Gusto sana naming bumawi from last year. Kasi last game namin to end the year, sila rin. Pinaghandaan talaga namin,” he shared. “Although, may mga lapses pa rin talaga eh. Andun siguro yung medyo relaxed kasi alam nila na ano. Wala sa focused kumbaga; kulang sa tutok ng direksyon nila.”

The Red Spikers (6-1) will try to secure its place in the semifinals as they battle the in-form CSB Blazers (5-1) on January 5 next year. On the other hand, the Knights (1-5) will hope to translate their energy into a win when they take on the Mapua Cardinals (3-3) later that day.

The Scores:

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SBC (3) – Viray 23, Enciso 14, Patenio 13, Mascariñas 10, Zabala 5, Santos 5, Manliclic 5, Desuyo 2, Genobaten 0, BJ Gonzales 0, Nicandro L, Casin L.

CSJL (2) – Alilio 19, Gatdula 19, Reyes 15, Cistina 8, Dichioso 3, Sarmiento 2, Dizon 0, Ladeon 0, Ramos 0, Orsini 0, Timbreza L, Centeno L.

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