With title in the bag for SMB, Al Chua turns focus to Petron title bid in PSL

Aug 18, 2019
PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

FROM basketball to volleyball, San Miguel Corp. sports director Alfrancis Chua is making sure the company's winning streak will continue.

On the night the Beermen captured its second PBA championship of the season by beating TNT in six games in the Commissioner’s Cup Finals, Chua turned his sight to Petron's title hunt in the Philippine Super Liga.

A night before the Beermen’s victory, the Blaze Spikers secured a spot in the semifinals of the All-Filipino Conference armed with a twice-to-beat advantage.

But as the Beermen celebrated, Chua knew his job was not yet over.

“Ganoon pa rin syempre walang basketball, walang volleyball,” Chua told SPIN Life. “Parehong akin ‘yan, pareho kong trabaho ‘yan so nakatutok ako, hands on ako dyan. Masaya lang ako dahil nagpe-perform sila.”

Back-to-back defending champion Petron struggled at the start of the PSL, losing to rival F2 Logistics in four sets while missing key players Sisi Rondina and Denden Lazaro in the first round.

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But the Blaze Spikers bounced back and went on a 12-game winning run to finish No. 1 at the end of the two-round preliminary.

“Actually pinatatawag ko ‘yan [coaches] kapag may problema, sinasabi ko na just play your game because you guys are already winners, you’re champions already, no need to prove,” he said.

“[I tell them] just stay kung saan tayo nananalo, kung anong recipe na ginagamit natin para manalo, ‘wag na tayong mag-iba ng ingredients para lang manalo ang importante rito we work as a team and work as a family,” he added.

Petron will next face the winner of the match between Generika-Ayala and Cignal.

“Sana makuha namin ulit ngayon, ang daming nagsasabi na baka makuha na sa amin [ang championship],” said Chua. “Baka malusutan ako this conference pero awa ng Diyos naka-tsamba ulit [nakapasok ng semis].”

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