Cignal HD, Petron clash in KO face-off.
Cignal HD, Petron clash in KO face-off !-- -- John Bryan Ulanday (The Philippine Star) - August 22, 2019 - 12:00am Game today (Filoil Flying V Centre, San Juan) 7 p.m.
Petron vs Cignal MANILA, Philippines Worthy challenger Cignal HD is looking to pull off a mission that no team has come close to achieving in the past two years. Reigning champion Petron, on the other hand, looks to stay on track for a three-peat feat.
One dream comes into fruition when the HD Spikers and defending titlists Blaze Spikers face off in a sudden death for the last finals slot in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan tonight. The do-or-die duel is set at 7 p.
m. with the survivor getting the right to go up against F2 Logistics in the best-of-three titular showdown starting Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The second-ranked Cargo Movers took care of business with a four-set win over No.3 Foton in their own semifinal matchup Tuesday in Muntinlupa.
Expectation on another F2-Petron title duel was high, but the HD Spikers foiled the Blaze Spikers' first crack at the finale on an epic 25-20 10-25, 16-25, 27-25, 15-11 decision that forged the rubber. And in stalling the Blaze Spikers' drive for a third straight All-Filipino Finals entry and 13thoverall, the HD Spikers also kept their own bid alive for a breakthrough All-Filipino Conference championship stint since joining the league in 2013. "I think the pressure is on Petron.
We like our chances because it's a nothing-to-lose situation for us," said coach Edgar Barroga. "The turning point of that game was the fourth set.
We showed heart and attitude in that set and hopefully, we could bring that again today." Holding a comfortable 21-15 lead in the fourth set, Petron looked poised for an easy four-set win that would have catapulted them straight to the Finals anew against a familiar rival.
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|Publication:||Philippines Star (Manila, Philippines)|
|Date:||Aug 21, 2019|
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