ALYSSA Valdez admitted that Petro Gazz wanted it more than them as Creamline's championship celebration was spoiled in Game Two of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference Finals.
Not saying that the Cool Smashers didn’t give their best, but the newly crowned conference MVP said that they failed to match the Angels’ desire and eagerness, especially imports Wilma Salas and Janisa Johnson, who combined for 46 points in Game 2 on Saturday.
“Well I guess, it goes to show talaga na Petro Gazz really wanted it badly. They wanted it bad na manalo talaga in this game,” said Valdez, who had 17 points on top of 12 digs and 10 excellent receptions in a losing cause.
“Siguro mas nag-work hard talaga sila basta mas ginalingan mas kitang kita na gustong gusto nila na hindi matapos today yung Finals.”
It was Creamline’s first Finals loss in its three straight appearances as its 12-game winning streak was halted in Game Two.
Entering the dugout with sadness and deafening silence, Creamline head coach Tai Bundit came to the rescue giving the team enough motivation for the do-or-die match on Sunday at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City.
“Siyempre everyone’s so quiet, very sad but coach Tai was able to turn that mood into something different,” Valdez shared. “We all know coach Tai he won’t let this loss na makaaffect sa amin lalong lalo na tomorrow na yung game.”
The Thai coach’s motivational strategy worked as the Cool Smashers were quick to move on and prepare themselves in giving their all in a winner-take-all match.
“Alam na namin na we’re really looking forward in tomorrow’s game so kahit alam naming tahimik, sad. Alam ko sa bawat isip ng teammates ko iisa lang yung goal bukas,” Valdez said.
“Kahit anong mangyari bibigay namin yung hundred percent namin,” she added.