Foton, Petron, F2 Logistics share top spot
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 06, 2018 10:59 PM
Foton, Petron and F2 Logistics kept their share of the top spot after hurdling their respective rivals.
F2 Logistics and Foton sustained their blazing starts as they clobbered their respective foes in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Cargo Movers crushed Sta. Lucia, 25-19, 25-20, 25-18, while the Tornadoes devastated Cignal, 25-15, 18-25, 25-22, 25-20, to clinch their second straight victory in as many outings.
They were joined at the top spot by Petron after the Blaze Spikers defeated Generika-Ayala, 25-18, 25-22, 25-13.
Aiza Maizo-Pontillas finished with 11 points while Remy Palma added nine for Petron, which sent the Lifesavers to their second loss in as many games.
Meanwhile, Majoy Baron led the charge with 14 points and added seven digs, while former Most Valuable Player awardee Ara Galang and Kianna Dy chipped in 12 markers apiece for the Cargo Movers, who came up with a fitting follow-up to their impressive win over the HD Spikers in the opener.
But F2 Logistics head coach Ramil de Jesus remains far from satisfied.
“We often start slow, especially whenever we play against opponents who just came from a tough loss,” said de Jesus, noting that they are still searching for their killer instinct.
“We should get away with it because it gives momentum to other team. We have to be at our best from start to finish regardless of whom we are facing.”
CJ Rosario delivered 13 kills, two blocks and two aces to finish with 17 points while Mina Aganon tallied 14 hits for Foton, which hardly missed the presence of towering frontliners Jaja Santiago and Dindin Manabat.
Santiago and Manabat opted to sit out the season-ending conference to see action in the prestigious V.Premier League of Japan.
Foton head coach Aaron Velez stressed that they remain a work in progress.
"I think we were able to get back to our system,” said Velez, who took the helm from John Abella in the off-season.
“We're still trying to figure out how to be consistent. But, I also think were able to tap our energy and momentum down the stretch.”
Velez said they made some changes in their position to thwart the vaunted defense of the HD Spikers.
"We were always training in the match,” said Velez, who also drew solid performance from new recruits Arianne Layug and Shaya Adorador that gave Ateneo de Manila ace blocker Bea de Leon the luxury of seeing limited minutes.
“We wanted to win this one very badly so I thought of a plan in which we can take advantage of our positions and turn the game around. Fortunately, it worked.”
Rachel Anne Daquis, the newly-crowned league ambassador, sizzled with game-high 21 points laced with 13 digs while national team stalwart Mylene Paat added 17 hits for the HD Spikers, who suffered their second setback in three games.