Cargo Movers reign supreme in PSL All-Filipino Conference
Mark Escarlote on Aug 17, 2016 07:42 PM
GOLDEN FINISH --- Blonde-haired Abigail Marano of F2 Logistics challenges the defense of Foton's tower Jaja Santiago.
F2 Logistics copped the 2016 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference crown Wednesday with a come-from-behind 18-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-19 win over Foton Tornadoes in the deciding match of the best-of-three title series at The Arena in San Juan.
Top overall draft pick Ara Galang scored 12 points, Kim Dy had 11 while Abigail Marano finished with 10 markers for the Cargo Movers.
Mika Reyes registered nine points including the championship-clinching service ace while Kim Fajardo delivered 17 excellent sets and seven markers for F2 Logistics, which started sluggish before finding its groove in time to silence Foton and its power-hitting duo 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago and Cherry Rondina.
But amidst the chaos it was the smallest woman on the court that played the biggest role for F2 Logistics. Dawn Macandili was named Best Libero and awarded the Most Valuable Player with her superb defensive effort all throughout the conference.
The Cargo Movers bagged their first title to join three-time winner Philippine Army, two-time titlist Petron and the 2015 Grand Prix titlist Foton in the elite class of the league champions.
Head coach Ramil De Jesus’ finally nailed a championship after falling short with Generika Lifesavers in the 2014 Grand Prix and with Shopinas.com in last year’s All-Filipino – both against Petron.
"Sabi ko naman na mas prepared kami ngayong All-Filipino Conference," said De Jesus, who also steered De La Salle University to the 78th UAAP title at the expense of Ateneo de Manila.
The Cargo Movers needed a huge 13-5 scoring spurt to break a 10-10 deadlock and build a commanding 23-15 lead in the second set.
With momentum on their side, F2 Logistics started and finished the third set strong to take the match lead.
Another big scoring binge midway in the fourth paved the way for the Cargo Movers’ trip to victory lane.
"Sa first set kasi masyadong mataas na ang adrenaline ng Foton eh," De Jesus said. "Kung hinidi nila yan masu-sustain baka maging factor yan na bumaba ang laro. Nangyari naman kasi na-lessen namin ang mga unforced errors sa second set and medyo nahirapan na ring mag-receive ang Foton."
F2 Logistics drew the first blood with a thrilling five-set conquest in Game 1, 25-20, 25-14, 9-25, 20-25, 15-10, before Foton scored the equalizer with a four-set victory in Game 2, 18-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-18, over the weekend.
Santiago posted 20 points coming off 14 spikes, four kill blocks and a pair of aces while Rondina finished with 12 markers for the the AVC Asian Club Championship-bound Foton.
Aside from Macandili other individual award winners are Galang (1st best Outside Hitter), Marano (1st Best Middle Blocker), Fajardo (Best Setter), Santiago (2nd Best Middle Blocker), Bernadeth Pons of Petron (2nd Best Outside Hitter), and RC Cola-Army's Jovelyn Gonzaga (Best Opposite).
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