PVL: Hindi kami nakasabay -- Laniog on Game 1 loss
Mark Escarlote on Nov 06, 2019 10:33 PM
Well again, hindi kami nag-perform sa gusto naming mangyari. But siyempre, credit talaga sa Creamline 'yun -- PetroGazz coach Arnold Laniog
PetroGazz head coach Arnold Laniog admitted that the Angels were outplayed by defending champion Creamline in Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference best-of-three Finals on Wednesday.
Outgunned and out-hustled, the Angels bowed down to the Cool Smashers, 14-25, 22-25, 25-27, in their second straight championship showdown.
“Well again, hindi kami nag-perform sa gusto naming mangyari. But siyempre, credit talaga sa Creamline 'yun,” said Laniog.
The mentor expected the Cool Smashers, who has yet to taste defeat in the season-ending conference, to come out smoking. What Laniog didn’t see was his team playing below his expectations.
“Sabi ko nga, as expected, gan'un ang level ng Creamline but hindi kami nakasabay,” he said. “Talagang na-control nila kami sa attack talaga, especially 'yung dalawang wings nila in (Alyssa) Valdez and (Jema) Galanza, talagang nag-step up talaga. Although na-identify naman namin na 'yun talaga ang mangyayari dahil based naman sa stats.”
Creamline also made life difficult for PetroGazz with strong serves, disrupting the Angels’ passing game and the flow of its offense.
It didn’t help that PetroGazz started out slow.
“As much as possible, hindi natin pwedeng makita 'yung Creamline na as early as first set, biglang nakita kaagad natin 'yung kumpiyansa kaagad nila e,” said Laniog. “Talagang mahihirapan kami 'pag gan'un.”
“So sabi ko, 'yung Creamline, ang importante sa amin ay either sabayan sila o higatan pa talaga kung anong meron sila,” added Laniog, who hopes to duplicate their Reinforced Conference comeback against the same rival. “Talagang credit talaga sa Creamline, talagang gusto nila kanina.”
The Angels will try to extend the series on Saturday. Game 3, if needed, is next Wednesday.
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