BACOOR CITY — Mika Reyes is putting premium on consistency despite the unbeaten record of Petron in their bid to avoid complacency in its title-retention bid in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference.
Reyes dropped 13 points to help the Blaze Spikers in taking down the Foton Tornadoes, 25-10, 20-25, 25-16, 25-8, and clinching the No. 1 spot with a perfect 9-0 win-loss record on Tuesday at the Bacoor Strike Gym.
But for Reyes, complacency could become a major problem for them.
“Hindi siya maliit na problema talaga. Actually, mahirap siya i-solve kasi nasa isip na namin na undefeated kami,” she said. “Ako nga, iniisip ko na may kulang pa din kahit nakakapalo ako or something. Nagcocollapse talaga minsan.”
The national team mainstay said that Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos is always reminding them that their perfect record should not get inside their heads and prove that they deserve the undefeated record.
“Lagi lang din kami nire-remind ni coach na porket ganito 'yung record namin, hindi pwedeng ganoon lang 'yung igagalaw namin,” Reyes said. “Hindi kaming pwedeng tamarin. Kailangan namin i-prove kung bakit naging ganito 'yung standing namin. Kailangan namin ituloy 'yung tamang ginagawa namin.”
Petron will try to sweep the 10-game preliminary round against Smart (3-5) on Saturday at Caloocan Sports Complex before heading into the knockout quarterfinal round against the No. 8 seed.
Reyes, the former De La Salle star, hopes that her team will be consistent enough, especially that they are near the final stretch of the All-Filipino Conference.
“Hopefully, lumabas talaga 'yung consistency namin sa dulo. Kasi in two or three weeks matatapos na din 'to so kailangan namin magfocus talaga,” Reyes concluded.