Reigning champion Foton came up with a gallant stand down the stretch to weather Petron and run away with a heart-stopping 25-18, 23-25, 25-14, 19-25, 15-13 victory in the Asics Philippine Superliga Grand Prix presented by PLDT Home Ultera late last night at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan.
Petron import Stephanie Niemer erupted for 38 points but it hardly mattered as the Tornadoes unleashed a better defensive stance in the deciding set to run away with the win in this prestigious club tourney bankrolled by Mikasa, Asics, Mueller, Senoh and Grand Sport with TV5 as official broadcaster.
The victory, said to be a preview of the finals, preserved Foton’s immaculate record with 4-0 win-loss slate while Petron fell to second with 4-1.
Games on Thursday
FilOil Flying V Center
3 pm – Cignal vs Foton
5 pm – Petron vs F2 Logistics
7 pm – Generika vs RC Cola-Army