IMUS, Cavite --- PetroGazz won its seventh straight game in as many outings.
Yet, head coach Arnold Laniog felt that the Angels drifted away from the mindset that the mentor has been preaching all conference long.
Laniog was far from satisfied in PetroGazz’s 25-19, 25-22, 25-18 win over listless BaliPure on Sunday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the Imus City Sports Complex here.
“Di ko alam, siguro ‘yung mindset namin dito challenge talaga,” said Laniog, whose squad came off a four-set win over BanKo last Wednesday in a match where the Angels surrendered a set for the first time in the import-laden conference.
“Sabi ko nga going into second round dapat ang mentality namin talaga, I mean, ‘yung gagalaw kami na may disiplina. Gagalaw kami doon sa level na meron kami, parang di ko nakikita,” he added.
Laniog was referring to PetroGazz’s slow start in the first two sets where the Angels even trailed 9-14 in the second frame.
PetroGazz is already through to the best-of-three semifinals and are unbeaten in seven games.
But Laniog stressed that the tournament is far from over. So there’s no room to keep their guards down.
“Siguro kailangang i-remind ulit ang mga players na, ‘Di pa tapos ang tournament na ito, lagpas pa lang tayo ng kalahati. Di pa natin naa-achieve yung target natin, walang time para maging complacent,’” he said.
“Walang time para ‘yung focus nila wala dito sa ginagawa natin,” Laniog added. “Siguro kailangan lang gisingin sila ulit.”
The Angels are now approaching the crucial stretch of the elimination round with three more games to go.
PetroGazz will have five days to prepare before its rematch with defending champion Creamline on Saturday then the Angels will take on PacificTown Army on Sunday.
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