DEFENFING champion F2 Logistics survived Foton, 25-22, 25-23, 22-25, 25-22, to move a win away from booking a return trip to the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix finals on Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan.
American reinforcement Kennedy Bryan and Venezuelan import Maria Jose Perez finished with 15 and 14 points, respectively, for the Cargo Movers, who spoiled the return of Tornadoes star Jaja Santiago.
Game Two of the best-of-three semis is on Thursday.
Cherry Nunag also had nine markers for F2 Logistics, while skipper Cha Cruz and Aby Maraño added seven points apiece in the match that took almost two hours to finish.
Chanon Thompson from Trinidad and Tobago led Foton with 22 points, while American import Elizabeth Wendell had 15 and Santiago contributed 10.