The F2 Logistics Cargo Movers completed a huge comeback victory over the Petron Blaze Spikers, 25-20, 24-26, 14-25, 25-19, 15-4, in Game 2 of the 2017 Chooks-to-Go PSL Grand Prix Finals on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
With their backs against the wall, the Cargo Movers showed grit and intensity in the last two sets to force a deciding Game 3.
Maria Jose Perez spearheaded the charge with her 20 attacks, four blocks, and a service ace for 25 points. Kennedy Bryan added 15 markers.
Aby Marano and Cha Cruz, who finished with 12 and eight points respectively, were instrumental in the clutch for F2.
After taking the second and third sets, Petron only needed to grab one more set to clinch the championship. They raced to a 9-0 run in the fourth but the Cargo Movers refused to go down without a fight. They unleashed a 13-4 run to lock the score at 13-all.
Tied again at 17, F2 displayed solid net defense to steal the momentum and overtake. They ended the set with an 8-2 blitz, capped off by an Aby Marano block and a lucky toss from Desiree Cheng.
“Sa amin naman kasi ang importante lang, maidikit namin nung 4th set yung score and nangyari naman. Dumating yung breaks na inaantay namin and then nag-tuluy-tuloy na,” said F2 head coach Ramil de Jesus.
Inspired by their incredible fourth set rally, the Cargo Movers owned the final period as they limited Petron to just four points. After a major collapse, the Blaze Spikers could no longer find their groove.
“Nasa amin na yung momentum sa fifth set. Siguro dahil ang layo na nung fourth set, kung titingnan mo talaga tapos na, medyo naiba. Na-down na yung Petron sa fifth set,” De Jesus added.
F2 Logistics improved their service receive compared to Game 1, with Dawn Macandili and Perez ending up with nine receptions each. Playmaker Kim Fajardo also bounced back with 22 excellent sets.
Lindsay Stalzer paced Petron with 24 points in the loss, while Hillary Hurley contributed 16 markers.
The do-or-die Game 3 will be played on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.