first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal NAKHON Ratchasima, Thailand—Alyssa Valdez was at her usual superb form as she drilled in team-high 15 points in the Philippines’ 25-13, 24-26, 25-7, 25-21 loss to South Korea Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award What streak? Eze, Altas halt Pirates run MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments The loss was tough, but the perennially optimistic superstar opted to focus on the country’s little victories—like low-profile veterans Maika Ortiz and Aiza Pontillas displaying a burst of brilliance during the match’s dire moments.“Maika stepped up big time, not only on points, but she and Aiza really lifted the energy of everyone on the court,” said Valdez as she and the rest of the squad headed to the team bus after the defeat.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissValdez added: “Everyone really did well, especially the seniors in the team; they played very important roles in the crucial part of the game.”Ortiz and Pontillas, once a fearsome tandem for the University of Santo Tomas, scored a combined 12 points off the bench when coach Shaq delos Santos scrambled the second unit amid an impending annihilation by Korea. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It proved effective as the Koreans were caught wrong-footed by the shift, blowing a set-point, 24-23, as Valdez, Cha Cruz and Pontillas hammered consecutive points.“The issue with the team remains the consistency, and it really showed in the third set,” said Valdez. “But in the fourth set we decided we wanted to give them a good fight and finish the match with our heads held up high.”The Philippines will thus battle for ninth place on Saturday against Kazakhstan.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more