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Air Force downs Pocari

  • Written by Theodore P. Jurado
  • Published in Basketball
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PHILIPPINE Air Force hacked out a 25-20, 22-25, 25-7, 22-25, 15-12 victory over Pocari Sweat to gain some sort of revenge last night in the Shakey’s V-League Reinforced Conference at the Philsports Arena.

The Lady Jet Spikers rode on the power hits of May Ann Pantino, Judy Caballejo, Neneng Tapic and Joy Cases then pounced on the Lady Warriors’ erratic finish to pound out the victory in a rematch of the Open Conference Finals.

Air Force likewise bucked the import-backed Pocari Sweat to bounce back from its four-set setback to the UST side in last Saturday’s inaugurals of the season-ending conference.

Pantino and Tapic finished with 17 hits apiece while Caballejo had a triumphant return after missing the opener against the Tigresses with 14 points and 10 digs for the Lady Jet Spikers.

Air Force took six of the first eight points in the decider but sputtered in the face of Pocari’s strong fightback that saw the Lady Warriors seize a 10-7 lead on a Michelle Gumabao ace.
   
But Cases took over, defying the Lady Warriors’ tall net defense with her vicious attacks and accounting for three of the Jet Spikers’ next five points, the last an off-the-block hit that shoved them on top 12-11.
   
Meanwhile, Bureau of Customs sat out Kanjana Kuthaisong and Nattanicha Jaisen it its game against Laoag last night after the Thai reinforcements failed to secure their International Transfer Certificates in time for their second game.
   
The team has complied with all the requirements except for the ITC after the access codes that will allow them to get the ITCs for clearance to play have been denied.
Theodore Jurado