Spikers’ Turf 2023: Falcons grabs early Pool C lead

Davies Paint-Adamson swept Philippine Coast Guard, 25-19, 25-22, 25-14 to take the early lead in Pool C of the Spikers’ Turf Invitational Conference at the Paco Arena in Manila on Sunday, October 22.

The Soaring Falcons used a strong 7-2 start, which turned to a 10-point, 22-12 advantage after back-to-back points from Francis Casas and Marc Paulino, to get the win over the Lifesavers and move to 1-0 in the group.

“So far, so good kasi ang sabi ko sa kanila yung first game kailangan umpisahan natin ng maganda para kahit papaano, yung confidence ma-build namin at the same time,” said Adamson head coach George Pascua.

Adamson vs. PCG at the 2023 Spikers' Turf Invitational on Sunday, October 22. [PVL Images]
Adamson vs. PCG at the 2023 Spikers’ Turf Invitational on Sunday, October 22. [PVL Images]

Mark Coguimbal towered over the opposition, registering seven huge blocks to go along with seven attacks to finish with a game-high 14 points for the Soaring Falcons.

Meanwhile, Casas chipped in 11 points on nine attacks and two blocks while Paulino had nine markers in the win.

Lourenz Domingo steered the offense and tossed 16 excellent sets to go along with two points while Lorence Canlas had eight excellent receptions and three digs after an hour and 23 minutes of play.

“Yung experience nila (sana mabuild) kasi ito na yung pinakamatibay namin na pre-game eh. Sana ayun, mag-gain kami ng confidence at the same time yung chemistry mas tumibay kasi medyo bata pa sila eh,” said Pascua.

On the other hand, no player from Coast Guard reached double digits in scoring with Aidam Adam and Lerry Francisco each scoring eight points.

Bobby Gatdula, on the other hand, was limited to just six markers in the loss.

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