F2 Logistics on survival mode, tries to force Game 3
F2 Logistics is expected to bring its A-game to survive and extend the 2017 PSL Grand Prix Finals series to a deciding Game 3.
(FilOil Flying V Centre)
7:00 p.m. –-- F2 Logistics vs Petron
F2 Logistics fights for dear life on Thursday as the Cargo Movers try to extend the 2017 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix best-of-three Finals series to a decider.
Reeling from a shocking straight sets loss in Game 1, the Cargo Movers need to regroup and rediscover their form in the 7:00 p.m. match at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan to survive.
The Ramil De Jesus-mentored squad’s performance in Tuesday’s 14-25, 21-25, 16-25, loss in the series opener was a far cry from its dominating form in the preliminary round.
“Siguro very tight sa loob then siguro medyo intimidated ‘yung team,” said De Jesus after the Cargo Movers’ defeat against the same team they whipped in four sets in the prelims.
The F2 Logistics mentor is facing Petron in the import-laden conference for the second time since his Generika Lifesavers squad fell short in the 2014 Grand Prix Finals – the last time the Blaze Spikers held the throne before finishing runners-up to Foton in two straight years.
The Cargo Movers, who are looking to win a breakthrough Grand Prix crown, were out of sync in the series opener. They started out flat and had no answer to Petron’s American imports Hillary Hurley and Lindsay Stalzer.
It didn’t help that F2 Logistics lost its control of the first ball with top libero Dawn Macandili playing below par. Without a good first ball, setter Kim Fajardo had a difficult time orchestrating their plays and was outplayed by Petron counterpart Rhea Dimaculangan.
“Well-prepared ‘yung Petron and then siguro itong team first time papasok sa ganitong Finals,” said De Jesus, who is looking to avoid the same heartbreak they absorbed in the All-Filipino Conference this year when the Blaze Spikers dragged them off the throne.
The Cargo Movers mentor stresses the importance of taking care of their reception and passing game to utilize the power of Venezuelan import Maria Jose Perez and American Kennedy Bryan as well as their middles reigning UAAP Most Valuable Player Majoy Baron and Aby Marano.
Perez was the only F2 Logistics player to score in double figures in Game 1 with 15.
“Well kailangan pumasa next game ‘yun lang naman yung puno’t dulo hindi kami nakapasa,” said De Jesus. “Wala ako masyadong sinabi basta sabi ko we need to bounce back next game.”
Game 3, if necessary, is on Saturday at the MOA Arena.
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