PHILIPPINE Air Force squandered a two-set lead but regained its bearings in the deciding frame to beat Cignal, 25-23, 25-19, 19-25, 25-27, 15-12, and move within a win of claiming the Spikers’ Turf Third Conference crown yesterday at the Philsports Arena.
The Jet Spikers took a 1-0 series lead, and will go for the jugular on Saturday as they try to follow up their Open Conference conquest at the expense also of the HD Spikers.
It was Bryan Bagunas who carried the fight for Air Force, drilling in several clutch kills late in the fifth set to frustrate Cignal.
Bagunas finished with 24 points, including four blocks, and nine digs, Reyson Fuentes had six blocks for a 15-point effort while Jeffrey Malabanan added 12 hits for the Jet Spikers.
Air Force setter Jessie Lopez also came through with 12 points aside from tossing in 58 excellent sets for the win.
Sako Capate led the way for the HD Spikers with 20 points, including two service aces, Ysay Marasigan had 15 points while Edmar Bonono added 13 points and eight digs.
Earlier, Champion Supra defeated Instituto Estetico Manila, 25-19, 25-23, 27-29, 25-13, to grab the 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series for the bronze medal.
Berlin Paglinawan and Arjay Onia teamed up for 33 points while Ace Mandani and Joven Camaganakan had 11 hits apiece for the Supra Smashers.
Champion shoots for third place also on Saturday.