March 15, 2023

Marcelino fires 29 as Navy beat NU in 5

Christian Marcelino fired a personal-best of 29 points as PGJC-Navy outlasted National University-Archipelago Builders, 25-19, 23-25, 25-22, 20-25, 15-11, in a duel of ousted teams in the 2023 Spikers Turf Open Conference on Wednesday at Paco Arena.


Marcelino unloaded 28 attacks and scored an ace to help power the Sealions to the more than two-hour victory for a 4-5 card.


Marvin Villanueva added 14 points on 10 attacks and four blocks while Wilbert Sapida and Alfredo Pagulong scored 11 and 10 points, respectively. Pagulong also had 22 excellent receptions and seven excellent digs.


“Ang sinabi ko sa kanila, kung manalo sila kanina sa five sets, yun ang first time na mananalo sila sa mga fifth set namin na laban,” said Navy head coach Cecile Cruzada.


“So buti na lang tinawid nila ‘to, nanalo sila kahit mababa na yung ranking namin ang inaano namin is makadikit lang kami sa top four. Basta ipanalo lang namin,” she added.


Mac Bandola topscored for the Volley Builders, who dropped to 1-8, with 21 points on 18 attacks to go along with 17 excellent receptions.


Leo Ordiales and Jan Abanilla had 11 points apiece while Rwenzmel Taguibolos added 10 markers.


Navy, meanwhile, looks to spoil VNS’ semis chances Sunday at 12:30 PM while NU will try to end its campaign with a win against the league-leading Cignal later that day at 3:00 PM at the same Paco venue.