Cargo Movers back in the semis
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 11, 2019 10:38 PM
F2 Logistics secured a spot in the semifinals after booting out Foton in a do-or-die quarterfinals match.
F2 Logistics threaded the eye of a needle before surviving a hard-fighting Foton side, 25-22, 25-27, 25-21, 25-19, in their sudden-death quarterfinal duel in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Imports Lindsay Stalzer and Maria Jose Perez asserted their championship experience down the stretch to lift the Cargo Movers back to the semifinals.
Stalzer, a two-time Most Valuable Player, unleashed 26 points, including the killer blows in the crucial stretch, while Perez delivered 21 hits for F2 Logistics, which also drew sterling numbers from its local stars.
"This team has been battle-tested since college. They become more focussed when coming from a loss and they know how to bounce back,” said F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus, referring to the local crew of Aby Marano, Ara Galang and Dawn Macandili.
Galang tallied 12 points while former University of Santo Tomas ace Alex Cabanos registered 26 excellent sets on top of 23 digs and three service aces. Dawn Macandili was also impressive with 23 digs and nine excellent receptions.
De Jesus said he was glad that they got over the hump, especially with Courtney Felinski, Jaja Santiago and Dindin Manabat stepping up in the absence of Spanish reinforcement Milagros Collar.
“I was threatened by this Foton team because of its size. Had Collar played, it could have been a different result,” said de Jesus, whose wards will face the survivor between PLDT Home Fibr and Generika-Ayala in a best-of-three semifinal series after the Lenten break.
Felinski had 20 points while Santiago and Manabat had 14 points apiece for the Tornadoes, whose campaign was marred with frustration marred by an ugly 11-game losing streak.