The F2 Logistics Cargo Movers suffered their worst loss of the conference at the worst possible time as they succumbed to the Petron Blaze Spikers in Game 1 of the 2017 Chooks-to-Go PSL Grand Prix Finals.
The top-seeded team failed to grab a single set on Tuesday, 14-25, 21-25, 16-25, allowing the Blaze Spikers to inch closer to the title.
“Siguro medyo intimidated yung team. Sabi ko nga, mag-relax sa loob and yung confidence ibalik. Medyo bumaba nung nakuha (ng Petron) yung first set,” said head coach Ramil de Jesus about the loss.
The F2 Logistics mentor admitted that the well-prepared Blaze Spikers caught his players off-guard, causing them to struggle especially in terms of receiving and passing the ball.
“Kailangan namin pumasa next game. Yun lang naman yung puno’t dulo, hindi kami nakapasa,” he assessed.
Petron took advantage of the Cargo Movers’ poor reception as they produced nine points from the service line, with Remy Palma and Rhea Dimaculangan accounting for two aces apiece.
To make matters worse for F2 Logistics, they committed a total of 16 miscues in the game, compared to only nine that their opponents gave up. This is far from the usual composure that the team displayed prior to the championship stage.
Aside from improving their passing and limiting their errors, the Cargo Movers also need to find ways to stop the powerful import duo of Lindsay Stalzer and Hillary Hurley who combined for 40 points for the Blaze Spikers.
While Maria Jose Perez topscored for the Cargo Movers with 15 attacks out of 36 attempts, their other import Kennedy Bryan did not reach double-digits as she posted eight markers at a 26 percent kill rate.
De Jesus knows that for them to compete better, both foreign reinforcements need to be consistent from start to finish. He said, “Baka yung isang import kasi late na nakaadjust, saka talagang Petron played well.”
It’s not yet too late for the Cargo Movers to make adjustments and recover from this defeat. They still have a chance to tie the best-of-three finals series and De Jesus is confident that his wards will play with more urgency on Thursday.
“Sabi ko (sa kanila), ‘We need to bounce back next game. Give your 100 percent, give your best for next game.”