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first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “They know how to play [to] their strength during the matches and even with the tournament format,” added Delos Santos of the Taiwanese, who are now in the semifinals.A win over Korea will give the Philippines a shot at fifth place while a loss would drop the country to the battle for ninth.“This is a very imporant game for us,” said Lazaro. “Korea is a very strong team. We can’t get intimidated by them. And we get a huge chance of making fifth place.”Lazaro, who plays for Cocolife in the Philippine Superliga, said they have developed as a team after a 1-2 finish in the preliminaries.“We see that everybody’s willing to adjust to each other and adjust to the system of the coaching staff,” Lazaro added.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gan rules World Am qualifying tournament MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand—For somebody who’s bearing the brunt of enemy fires, Denden Lazaro knows a thing or two about handling pressure.And how much the Philippines needs to step up when it takes on South Korea on Friday in the playoffs of the Asian Volleyball Confederation Asian Cup here.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES 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 View comments “I hope we gained it after Kazakhstan win, the killer instinct and ability to close out a match,” said the Philippines’ main libero. “That’s what we want to have especially in the crucial match against Korea.”Head coach Shaq delos Santos conducted a short practice Thursday where they also studied videos of the Koreans’ matches.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 Chriss“It’s not the Korea we should be scared of,” said Delos Santos. “We just [have to] play our game according to the plan and try not to get intimidated by anybody.”Korea made the quarterfinals but bowed to Chinese Taipei Wednesday. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptionlast_img

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