PVL Finals: Nangibabaw ang desire ng team ngayon -- PetroGazz coach Laniog
Mark Escarlote on Jul 13, 2019 09:11 PM
‘Yun lang mas nangibabaw lang talaga ang desire ng team namin ngayon compared sa Creamline -- PetroGazz coach Arnold Laniog
PetroGazz head coach Arnold Laniog challenged the Angels before they marched inside the court for Game 2 of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 best-of-three Finals Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
“Ang sabi ko nga balik muna tayo sa Game 1. On my part, bago mag-start ang laro sabi ko parang ‘di ko napi-feel na naglalaro tayo sa Finals,’” said Laniog.
Down 0-1 in the series, the Angels knew that they were facing heavy pressure against favored defending champion Creamline.
“Kanina bago magsimula nandoon ang pressure, nandoon talaga ang excitement na napi-pressure ka e, Finals kasi talaga,” he said. “The pressure is always normal especially kapag ganitong game but ang tanong paano namin maha-handle.”
His squad albeit slow to start, responded with huge a 15-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-12, win to tie the series and force a do-or-die clash for all the marbles.
The Angels didn’t start the way they wanted.
“Sabi lang, ‘Relax lang, down by one set hindi pa tapos. Makuha lang natin ang groove natin, makuha lang natin nang momentum at flow ng laro natin the way we play as a team, magtutuloy-tuloy ‘yan,’” Laniog said.
Get their flow they did.
American import Janisa Johnson and Cuban Wilma Salas led the way as PetroGazz rediscovered its dangerous form in the pivotal second and third sets that turned the tables around.
“Eventually nangyari nga sa second set nakuha na ang tempo ng game. Sabi ko nga natapos ang dalawang set na nanalo kami, first time namin sa Creamline na manalo again na dalawang sunod,” said Laniog, whose squad snapped the Cool Smashers’ 12-game winning streak and duplicated their first round elims sweep of Creamline.
After taking the third set in a morale-boosting escape, the Angels already smelled blood as the Cool Smashers crumbled in the fourth frame.
“Even if that team’s a champion, na talagang buong-buo, may tendency pa rin na mag-collapse ang mental side nila,” said Laniog. “‘Yun lang mas nangibabaw lang talaga ang desire ng team namin ngayon compared sa Creamline.”
Game 3 is on Sunday at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.
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