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    Johnson eager to complete Petro Gazz finals turnaround amid pro-Creamline crowd

    Jul 13, 2019
    PHOTO: dante peralta

    PETRO Gazz import Janisa Johnson wants to prove that her team can go all the way despite being a first-timer in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference Finals.

    Johnson said that the roaring capacity crowd at the Arena in San Juan City — dominated by pink-clad Creamline fans — was their motivation to equalize the series and force a decider.

    “I know we have a lot of people against the team because (Creamline is) the defending champs,” said the American import.

    “That's what we want. We want to prove people wrong that just because you know, we're a new team doesn't mean that we don't deserve to have a winner,” she added.

    Johnson, who combined for 46 points with fellow import Wilma Salas, proved it to the crowd of 4,975 people that their Finals appearance is no fluke as Petro Gazz took down Creamline, 15-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-12, on Saturday to take Game Two.

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    And now, the Angels have the chance to win their first franchise title facing the Cool Smashers in a do-or-die Game 3 on Sunday, 4 p.m., at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City.

    Johnson believes that they already got the momentum after overcoming their Game One defeat and first-set loss in Game Two.

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    “After the first set, it was like, okay, a reality check and it kicked in like we have is either now or never so we kicked in just in time,” she said. “I'm proud of my team. We knew that they were down and we're like, okay, we can't be down with them. We have to keep going up and up and up.”

    As PetroGazz and Creamline clash one last time this conference, the American skipper’s mindset is to grant the championship hopes of all her local teammates.

    “I'm doing this for the girls because I know a lot of them haven't been in the finals before,” Johnson said. “Because of that, they're pushing me and I'm pushing myself for them.”

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