F2 Logistics forces series decider
ABS-CBN Sports on May 03, 2018 10:17 PM
Defending champion F2 Logistics forced a rubber match against Petron in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix best-of-three Finals.
(Smart Araneta Coliseum)
6:00 p.m. -- F2 Logistics vs Petron
Reigning champion F2 Logistics refused to relinquish its throne as it crushed Petron, 25-17, 25-22, 25-19, in Game 2 and forged a winner-take-all battle in their Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix best-of-three titular showdown Thursday night at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Venezuelan Maria Jose Perez delivered, but it was the Cargo Movers’ all-out effort at the defensive end and mental toughness that allowed them to level the series.
The kill-or-be killed Game 3 is set on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Perez, the reigning Most Valuable Player, displayed her championship form as she tallied 17 kills and three blocks for 20 points while Ara Galang and Aby Marano chipped in 11 and nine markers, respectively, for the Cargo Movers, who marched to the battle eager to bounce back from a sorry five-set meltdown in Game 1.
"Mas prepared lang kami mentally ngayon, kasi last time although maganda naman ang ginagawa, noong time na nabigyan ng momentum ang kalaban medyo nag-relax tapos gumana ang kalaban at kami naman ang na-disorganized,” said F2 Logistics coach Arnold Laniog, whose wards emerged with more spikes, 40-35, and blocks, 11-7, than the Blaze Spikers.
"This time yung mindset nakatutok na talaga.”
In Game 1, Petron was simply impressive.
After finding themselves down by two sets, American reinforcement Katherine Bell took over and put Petron back in the thick of things as she scored eight of the Blaze Spikers’ last nine points in the deciding set.
This time, the Cargo Movers didn’t allow her to do damage.
Bell was limited to only 12 kills and three blocks to finish with only 15 points -- her lowest output since coming in as replacement to injured Hillary Hurley last week. She dropped 42 in Game 1.
Five-year veteran Lindsay Stalzer was also not in the groove, knocking down only 13 kills and two blocks for the Blaze Spikers, who gave away 19 points off errors.