MANILA, Philippines--Even without ace spikers Marck Espejo and Bryan Bagunas, Rebisco-Philippines still proved to be too much for the IEM Phoenix Volley Masters in the 2019 Spikers' Turf Reinforced Conference.
Rebisco picked up a 25-27, 25-22, 25-22, 26-24, win at Paco Arena on Tuesday.
Ranran Abdilla led the charge with 17 points while Kim Malabunga and Rex Intal contributed 14 and 12, respectively for Rebisco (5-1).
With a 23-21 lead in the third set, Intal and Malabunga scored on two consecutive blocks to give Rebisco a 2-1 advantage.
Tied at 24-all, Joven Camaganakan committed a service error followed by a block from Josh Umandal, which gave the fourth set to Rebisco.
"Medyo kalat kalat ‘yung game, [pero] ‘yung blocking namin, medyo nag-work nung kailangang kailangan namin ng puntos, ‘yung blocking ni Rex [Intal] saka Kim [Malabunga], ‘yun ang importante doon," said Rebisco assistant coach Dong Dela Cruz.
Overall, Rebisco imposed its height on IEM, racking up 17 blocks compared to 5 by its opponent.
IEM (1-5) was paced by Camaganakan with 20 points.
Coming off a loss last Sunday against Philippine Navy, the Santa Elena Ball Hammers picked up their third win of the conference against Easytrip-Raimol 28-26, 25-21, 21-25, 25-21.
After taking the opening stanza, Edward Camposano and Krisvan Ponti did not let their guard down and scored 2 consecutive points to grab the second set.
UAAP Season 81 rookie of the year Nico Almendras converted 2 attacks to seal the deal and lift Santa Elena to an even 3-3 slate.
Camposano fired a personal conference-high 25 points built on 20 attacks, 4 aces, and a block while Almendras added 22 markers.
“Medyo bata pa kasi ‘yung team, ‘yung maturity medyo wala pa. Pagdating ng third set, nag-relax [sila], so nakakuha ng isang set ‘yung Easytrip,” said Dela Cruz, who also handled coaching duties for Santa Elena.
Easytrip (0-7) was led by Mardy Galang with 19 points.
In the first game, the Animo Green Spikers averted disaster from the upset-seeking Philippine Coast Guard Dolphins to win 27-29, 25-21, 25-22, 18-25, 15-8.
“Pinaka main goal namin dito is experience, so most of our games is fifth set. Sa mga previous game [kasi] namin pangit sa gitna tapos biglang sa dulo, doon lang babatak,” said Animo assistant coach Arnold Laniog, who filled in for head coach Aaron Velez.
Vince Abrot led Animo with 19 points while Roniey Adviento and Cris Dumago had 16 and 15, respectively.
Coast Guard remained winless in 6 outings.
Esmail Kasim fired a game-high 27 points for the Dolphins while Rudy Gatdula added 16.
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