Petron, F2 Logistics in final showdown for Grand Prix title
Only the hungrier and more determined team will take home the 2017 PSL Grand Prix crown.
(Mall of Asia Arena)
4:00 p.m. --- Petron vs F2 Logistics
Drama and intensity are tipped to unfold when F2 Logistics and Petron go all out for all the marbles Saturday in the winner-take-all 2017 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Finals at the MOA Arena.
At stake in the 4:00 p.m. encounter is the right to claim the throne in the thrilling finale of the best-of-three series that went the full distance.
The Cargo Movers look to write history with their breakthrough title in the import-laden conference while Petron seeks to reclaim the crown they lost two years ago.
The locking of horns between the same squads that figured in the All-Filipino Conference Finals four months ago will be a fitting season-ender in the 5th year of the league.
F2 Logistics hopes to complete a series comeback after surviving Game 2 with a morale-boosting 25-20, 24-26, 14-25, 25-19, 15-4, victory.
“Of course all out na, kasi that’s what we are hoping for, ang makarating sa Game 3,” said Cargo Movers skipper Cha Cruz, whose leadership and clutch plays sparked F2 Logistics’ amazing comeback.
“So we’re gonna grab the chance mapunta sa amin ang Game 3,” she added.
But the Cargo Movers will be attempting a feat that no team has ever accomplished.
Since the PSL implemented a best-of-three finals format two years ago, no team has ever crawled back from a 0-1 disadvantage with Foton recovering from a Game 2 meltdown to win the Grand Prix crown in 2015 and F2 Logistics averting a massive collapse to clinch the All-Filipino Conference title in 2016.
Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos remains confident that his team will be able to recover from their Game 2 meltdown, putting into mind the bitter pill they had to swallow after squandering a 2-1 match lead.
The Blaze Spikers started the fourth set with a 9-0 lead only to surrender the frame and eventually unravelling in the fifth.
“Andun pa rin ‘yun (tiwala). ‘Di naman mawawala ‘yun,” he said. “Kumbaga, sobrang tiwala lang namin sa kanila. Andun lagi ‘yun, di mawawala ‘yung kumpyansa or ‘yung tiwala.”
“Syempre di naman kami papasok sa finals kung weak din yung ganun namin, yung tiwala namin sa isa’t isa. I think, lesson learned lang ’to,” added Delos Santos.
Aside from the match up of Petron American duo of Lindsay Stalzer and Hillary Hurley against F2 Logistics’ Venezuelan reinforcement Maria Jose Perez and Kennedy Bryan of the USA, the battle of locals will also play a major role in the series decider.
Cruz, Aby Marano, Majoy Baron, Kianna Dy, setter Kim Fajardo and libero Dawn Macandili will carry the fight for the Cargo Movers against the Blaze Spikers veterans Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, skipper Ces Molina, Mika Reyes, setter Rhea Dimaculangan and Remy Palma.
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