FOR Mika Reyes, each one of Petron’s championships is special, but winning the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference back-to-back is exceptional.
Reyes did not only provide the team her well-timed blocks, astonishing quick hits, and experience in the game, but she is also a lucky charm as she already won three straight All-Filipino titles, with her first coming from 2016 when she was still with F2 Logistics before she transferred to Petron and win back-to-back against her former team.
The former De La Salle star, who won three of the franchise’s five overall titles, said that every title is memorable, where she got amazing experiences and learnings from each run.
“Actually every conference is very special siguro extra special ito kasi na-defend namin ang All-filipino and we’re very happy sa pinaghirapan namin,” said Reyes, who dropped nine points in Petron’s 25-22, 26-24, 25-23 title-clinching win over F2 Logistics in a winner-take-all Game 3 last Thursday at the Arena in San Juan City.
“Lahat talaga special eh walang mas matimbang. Every conference, maraming natutunan at maraming skills na nadadagdag,” she added.
Facing F2 Logistics for a fifth straight Finals series, the 6-foot middle blocker knew that her former teammates — bannered by former and current De La Salle stars under coach Ramil de Jesus — were going to put up another great fight.
That’s why when they lost to the Cargo Movers in Game Two that ended the Blaze Spikers’ historic 13-game winning streak, Reyes and her teammates took it as a wake-up call and forget about the sweep.
“Panggising, wakeup call. Hindi namin kailangan isipin na masisweep namin na wala kaming talo kasi di siya magandang mindset, it was a learning experience for us na di dapat ganun mindset namin,” the 24-year-old spiker said. “Actually at first sabi namin, hindi namin sila pwedeng bigyan ng isang panalo kasi kilala namin sila and ang taas ng respeto namin sa f2 kumbaga monster sila babawi at babawi yan.”
“Andiyan yung comeback nila pero we made sure di namin sila aalalahanin. Yung mga mistakes namin kailangan ayusin kailangan gumawa sa loob ng court,” she added.
For now, Reyes will not think of next year as she wants to cherish the cloud nine feeling as a champion and celebrate Christmas with her family.
“Actually ngayon nasa cloud nine pa ako, hindi ko iniisip next year pero ngayon siguro enjoy ko muna Christmas with my family,” she said.