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Bryan Bagunas brings Cignal closer to Spikers’ Turf title

Bryan Bagunas brings Cignal closer to Spikers’ Turf title

By: Lance Agcaoili3 minutes ago

Bryan Bagunas brings Cignal closer to Spikers’ Turf title

Cignal’s Bryan Bagunas rises for a goal against Criss Cross defenders in the Spikers’ Turf Open Conference final. –PVL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – In his first Spikers’ Turf Finals in five years, Bryan Bagunas scored 26 points to put Cignal on the verge of claiming the 2024 Open Conference title after overcoming Criss Cross, 27-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-19, in Game 1 on Wednesday at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

Bagunas, who won his second straight championship with Win Streak in Taiwan, barely missed a beat in the biggest stage of the premier men’s volleyball club competition as he landed 23 attacks, two blocks and an ace with 12 more excellent receptions.

“I am so grateful to have Bryan Bagunas who can perform well in crucial situations,” said Cignal coach Dexter Clamor. “I am so grateful not only to Bryan, but to all the players as well, as it is a total team effort from every member of the team.

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Jau Umandal defeated Bagunas by 15 points, while JP Bugaoan and Wendel Miguel contributed 11 points each to bounce back from their five-set loss to Criss Cross on the final day of the semi-finals on Sunday.

Setter Cian Silang, who continued to fill the role of the injured EJ Casana, distributed 17 excellent sets, while libero Vince Lorenzo protected the floor with 16 excellent receptions.

Cignal looks to complete its title defense in Game 2 on Friday when it looks to defeat newcomer Criss Cross.

“The expectation is that both teams will do everything they can, because we both want to prove something. It’s about who is better prepared, hungrier and who wants it more,” Clamor said.

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Marck Espejo, who was part of Cignal’s Spikers’ Turf title race last year, had 22 points, leading the King Crunchers with Jude Garcia, who had 21 points.

Meanwhile, PGJC-Navy rallied from an early deficit in the extended fourth set for a 25-17, 16-25, 25-18, 33-31 victory over the Francis Saura-less D’Navigators in the battle for third place .

Joeven Dela Vega led Navy with 17 points on 15 attacks, an ace and a block, while Peter Quiel and Greg Dolor contributed 14 points each in their second straight win over the D’Navigators.

Wilbert Sapida added 12 points. Omar Lioc scored 10 points and went along with nine outstanding receptions. Louie Pudadera threw 27 excellent sets, while veteran libero Jack Kalingking collected 22 excellent receptions and 17 excellent digs in the win.

D’Navigators counted on Edward Camposano, who had 17 points, 16 of which came from attacks, and 13 excellent receptions.

Renz Engay recorded 14 points, while Jayvee Sumagaysay and Rash Nursiddik added 11 and 10 points respectively.