CIGNAL coach George Pascua was left disappointed after watching the HD Spikers bid goodbye to their title hopes without much of a fight in the Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino Conference on Thursday at The Arena in San Juan.
What was expected to be an intense match turned into a veritable practice game for F2 Logistics as the defending champions disposed of Cignal in three easy sets, 25-15, 25-15, 25-14, to advance to the finals.
“Sabi nga nila, ‘di araw-araw Pasko,” sighed Pascua.
“Sabi ko nga sa kanila nang natatalo ng first set, given na sa amin ‘yun, pero ‘wag naman ‘yung tuluy-tuloy, (na talo)” he added.
What made it more painful for the veteran mentor was the fact that he knows what his wards are capable of, only to waste all their hard work with one lethargic showing in the game that mattered the most.
“For me, sabi ko nga sa kanila, ‘di baleng matalo basta lalaban. Pero ang pinakamasakit sa akin personally, alam ko yung kapasidad nila,” he said.
“Alam ko kung ano ‘yung pinagtrabahuan namin from the start, tapos matatalo lang kami ng ganun kadali,” he aded.
The loss relegated Cignal to a battle for third against Foton, who lost to Petron in the other semifinal duel.
“May battle for third pa naman pero syempre iba pa rin ‘yung nasa finals kasi ‘yun talaga ‘yung goal namin ever since,” said Pascua. “Pero kung ito ‘yung binigay ni Lord sa amin eh (tatanggapin namin).”