March 19, 2023

Navy fights back from 0-2 set down to beat VNS

Greg Dolor dropped 28 points to power PGJC-Navy to a big 23-25, 32-34, 25-20, 25-22, 15-13 comeback victory against VNS at the close of the Spikers’ Turf Open Conference eliminations at the Paco Arena on Sunday.

Dolor came away with a game-high 27 attacks while adding an ace to highlight the Sealions’ rally from a 0-2 deficit for sixth place overall with a 5-5 slate.

The Griffins, however, finished higher than their tormentors at fifth a 6-4 (win-loss) record.

Christian Marcelino backed Dolor with 21 points on 18 attacks and three kill blocks while Sean Victor Pado tossed 10 excellent sets and Bryle Tabuclao tallied 22 excellent receptions and 20 excellent digs.

Sealions head coach Cecile Cruzada, however, rued his wards’ lack of connection against the Griffins that enabled the latter to take the first two sets. But she added she was proud of how the Sealions, who missed a few key players throughout the season, recovered and snatched the victory.

“Siguro na-sobrahan sila sa kumpyansa kaya ganun yung nilaro nila pero buti na lang nakaahon, nakahabol kami kaya ayun nanalo pa. Wala kasi silang communication, ‘di na nage-enjoy, wala ng first ball, kaya ayun biglang bumagsak talaga,” said Cruzada.

“Dito kasi sa lineup namin ngayon is marami talagang bago kasi dalawa lang halos ang natira, si Dolor at si Marcelino kasi yung apat namin nasa military training pero yung mga bago naming kuha at least napupunan nila pero kulang pa sa lakas ng loob,” she added.

Meanwhile, four players from VNS put in double digits outputs, led by Jeremy Pedrosa and Pemie Bagalay, who finished with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Pedrosa also had 14 excellent digs while Bagalay came through with 28 excellent receptions.

Rocky Motol scored 15 points while Russel Fronda had 13 markers for the Griffins.