Petron goes for the kill, complete Grand Prix title sweep

Mark Escarlote on Dec 13, 2017 04:56 PM
Petron goes for the kill, complete Grand Prix title sweep
Petron hopes to maintain the same mindset that brought them success in Game 1 of the 2017 PSL Grand Prix Finals over F2 Logistics.

Game Thursday:

(FilOil Flying V Centre)

7:00 p.m. –-- F2 Logistics vs Petron


Petron found a new approach in their game – playing relax and compose.

It proved effective in Game 1 of the 2017 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix best-of-three Finals series against F2 Logistics as the Blaze Spikers moved a win closer from claiming the title.

Head coach Shaq Delos Santos hopes to utilize the same mindset as they go for the jugular on Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.    

“Kailangan namin ma-maintain na ganoon ka-relaxed maglaro,” said Delos Santos, who is looking to steer Petron to its second straight title this season after ruling the All-Filipino Conference against the same rivals.

Game time is at 7:00 p.m.

The Blaze Spikers came in the series as underdogs against the top seed Cargo Movers. Petron absorbed its only loss in the preliminary round at the hands of F2 Logistics, a four-set defeat in Bacolod City.      

Behind the heroics of American imports Lindsay Stalzer and Hillary Hurley and solid local support from Remy Palma, Ces Molina, Mika Reyes and veteran setter Rhea Dimaculangan, the Blaze Spikers easily demolished F2 Logistics, 25-14, 25-21, 25-16, on Tuesday in Game 1.

Delos Santos credited their success to his wards mindset and composure inside the court.       

“’Yung past few games kasi namin, sa quarterfinals at semis, medyo stiff ang galaw namin,” he said. “Nakita namin na start pa lang until the end, maintained ‘yung ginawa namin.”

Petron had a fluid offensive flow with Dimaculangan taking the rein, tallying 25 excellent sets in the Blaze Spikers’ 42 attack points including a combined 31 spikes by Stalzer and Hurley.

Reyes and Stalzer played consistently at the net as they anchored Petron’s solid blocking and the Blaze Spikers also punished the Cargo Movers with nine aces.

Petron also limited their errors committing only nine compared to F2 Logistics’ 16 in win that pushed the Blaze Spikers on the brink of ending a two0-year Grand Prix title drought since winning it all back in 2014.    

“Sobra naming paghahandaan (ang Game 2) at never kami magpapabaya,” said Delos Santos. “Sabi ko nga dodoblehin namin ang ginawa namin kanina. Laruin namin ang normal na ginagawa namin.”

Game 3, if necessary, is on Saturday at the MOA Arena.



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