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    Petron star Mika Reyes braces for PSL Finals battle royale against former team, coach

    Jul 7, 2017

    F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus’ tactics has been considered by rival coaches as among the most difficult to crack.

    But Petron has one weapon familiar to the champion coach’s strategy when the two teams square off for the Philippine Super Liga All Filipino crown: Mika Reyes.

    For the past six years, Reyes has played for F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus - five years in La Salle and one with the Cargo Movers.

    The pride of Pulinan, Bulacan, in fact, had three titles in the UAAP and was even part of the F2 Logistics champion team in the last year’s edition of the All Filipino Conference.

    But with Reyes now facing her former team and coach, she could be Petron’s password to hack into the highly confidential mind of de Jesus.

    “(Knowing coach Ramil) they will definitely play good especially kapag finals,” said Reyes, who transferred to Petron early this year.

    In their first and only meeting in the tournament, the Blaze Spikers spoiled the Cargo Movers’ debut with a come-from-behind win, 23-25, 23-25, 25-14, 25-15, 15-9.

    But after two elimination rounds, a quarterfinal phase and a knockout semifinals, the two powerhouse squads meet anew and Reyes expects nothing less than a furious fightback from the Cargo Movers on Tuesday for Game One of the best-of-three Finals series.

    “Hindi siya pressure. Again, it’s a challenge for me kasi first game namin sila and ang tagal na rin since nakalaban namin sila,” said Reyes.

    “And iba sila gumalaw compared sa mga nakalaban namin so magandang laro for sure ito,” she added.

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    Reyes knows her former La Salle teammates are known to play harder especially against teams that beat them, and she hopes Petron is ready for an intense battle.

     “Syempre aware naman aka don (babawi sila sa tumalo sa kanila) and ipinakita naman nila,” she said. 

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