MANILA, Philippines — Team Yellow foiled Team Blue’s fightback in the decider as it hacked out a 25-16, 20-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-9 decision, but the real winners in Sunday night’s Premier Volleyball League (PVL) All-Star Game were the military orphans under the Hero Foundation.
League organizer Sports Vision and ABS CBN’s S+A Channel put up the exhibition match, including the women’s All Star being played at presstime, to highlight the PVL’s successful inaugural season, and at the same time raise funds for the Hero Foundation.
"The Hero Foundation is thankful. Especially for me, I am an enlisted personnel and we are really thankful to the PVL because this will really help the families of soldiers," said Team Yellow coach and staff sergeant Vhyl Verayo of the Air Force Special Services Group.
"I have a lot of players in the Yellow Team who are in the Air Force. I guess it's also an added motivation for us so we could help and at the same time encourage others to support our soldiers," he added.
Berlin Paglinawan of Sta. Elena stepped up in the decider, pouring in the bulk of his 11-point output to power Team Yellow to victory at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.
The men’s game will be shown at 4 p.m. on Monday with replay on November 2 at 6 p.m. while the replay of the women’s match will be shown on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Air Force's Fauzi Ismail and Alnakran Abdilla combined for 27 points while Francis Saura of Megabuilders had the same output as Paglinawan for the Yellow Team, which scored a big victory over Team Blue of coach Oliver Almadro, who swept all the titles for Cignal HD and Ateneo de Manila University this season.
Other members of the Yellow Team were Edwin Tolentino, Kim Malabunga and Rodolfo Labrador of Air Force, Benjaylo Labide of Army, Cignal's Vince Mangulabnan and Sandy Montero, and Sta. Elena's Nico Ramirez.
Airman second class Abdilla, the Most Valuable Player of the Reinforced Conference, was also glad to be of help.
"Of course, we are happy because this is one way of helping them," said Abdilla.
Intal of Blue Team also saw the positives despite their setback.
Collegiate Conference MVP Marck Espejo sparked a 7-2 closing flurry for the Blue Team to force the fifth set, but the squad failed to carry this over to the fifth as they succumbed to the Yellow Team's strong start led by Paglinawan who also capped with the match-clinching kill.
"I am not (disappointed with the turnout). We gave our best and we enjoyed. That's what's important. This is for the fans and the benefit of the cause. I'm really happy and grateful that we were given the opportunity to play and become instruments to help the beneficiary," said Intal, who finished with six points for Blue Team.
Espejo punched in a game-high 16 points while Mark Alfafara scored 10 for the blue-clad squad.
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