By Kristel Satumbaga
Games Today (The Arena, San Juan City)
4:15 p.m. – Sta. Lucia vs Cocolife
7 p.m. – UST-Foton
Serbian coach Moro Branislav is not settling with Foton’s recent morale-boosting victory that gained them a share of the lead in the 2017 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix.
The Tornadoes are now aiming for the solo helm when it tangles with lowly Victoria Sports-University of Santo Tomas today at The Arena in San Juan City.
Bunched on top with F2 Logistics and Petron, Foton is using its emphatic 17-25, 32-20, 25-9, 20-25, 16-14 win over the erstwhile-unbeaten Cargo Movers over the weekend to bolster their bid for the top seed in the quarterfinals.
Branislav particularly leans on Sara Klisura to do the most damage for his squad after the Serbian import exploded with a league-high 41 points the last time.
“We shouldn’t be satisfied with this win (against F2 Logistics),” said Branislav. “It’s still a long way to go for us and we have a lot of things to work on.”
For Branislav, making a strong finish in the eliminations is important as it would carry the momentum they needed in the crucial knockout quarterfinals.
The No. 1 team at the end of elims will face the eighth-seeded squad, the No. 2 team faces the No. 7 squad, third seed collides with the sixth seed, and the fourth-ranked team battles the fifth-ranked squad in the knockout quarterfinals stage starting on Dec. 5.
Apart from Klisura, Branislav also has import Dragana Perunicic and Jaja Santiago in front of their assault, as well as CJ Rosario, Maika Ortiz and setter Ivy Perez.
It may be an uphill to climb as far as UST is concerned, but the collegiate squad hopes to end its campaign on a good note after suffering six straight defeats in as many appearances.
The Tigresses will keep on striving with Dim Pacres and Carla Sandoval leading the charge.
Meanwhile, Cocolife tries to tighten its grip of the fourth spot when it collides with Sta. Lucia in the 4:15 p.m. opener.
The Lifesavers tote a 3-3 win-loss record, just half a game ahead of fifth-running Cignal (3-4).
The Lady Realtors, for their part, are at 1-5 near the bottom.
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