Creamline star Jema Galanza came up with an explosive performance in the winner-take-all Finals Game 3 against Petro Gazz, pouring 19 points on Thursday, March 30 at the
Mall of Asia Arena.
With her performance, Galanza guided the Cool Smashers past the Angels, 20-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-15, as they seized the 2023 PVL All-Filipino Conference championship.
For Galanza, who also delivered the title-clinching attack before 12,175 fans in attendance at the venue, she merely just wanted to win.
“I just really wanted to win. That's it. I wasn't thinking of anything but to hit the ball. That's what coach instructed us, hit the ball,” said Galanza in Filipino.
“Anyone who doesn't want to hit the ball will be reprimanded so it was just all hitting for me and do whatever your job on the court is. You always should have that mindset to win.”
Galanza wasn't just hitting all game long, though, as she did her part on the defensive end, too.
The 26-year-old, who won the conference's Second Best Outside Spiker award, also notched 16 digs and 11 receptions in the four-set contest.
It was surely an exhausting series for Galanza and the Cool Smashers but they're happy to have passed the test, especially after not making the Finals of the Reinforced Conference last year.
“I'm so happy because this three-game series against Petro Gazz was really draining. Our mindset for this game is to not let it slip away because we wanted to get the championship especially after what happened to us last year. We really wanted to bring the momentum on our side this time.”
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