Cha Cruz leads fightback as F2 Logistics drags Petron into winner-take-all Game 3
Cha Cruz was the unlikely heroine for F2 Logistics in Game Two. Jerome Ascano

F2 Logistics lived to fight for another day after defeating Petron, 25-20, 24-26, 14-25, 25-19, 15-4 in Game Two of the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix finals on Thursday at The Arena in San Juan.

Venezuelan import Maria Jose Perez led the way with 25 points for the Cargo Movers, while American reinforcement Kennedy Bryan added 15 and locals Aby Maraño and Majoy Baron combined for 22 markers.

F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus only had three words for his wards during the fourth set – ‘isang patay lang.’

“‘Yung fourth set gamble ‘yun, medyo malayo na (ang score), three locals ang nasa harap at that time, so sabi ko, ‘isang patay lang’ para makaikot,” shared the veteran mentor.

“Alam ko nang iikot sa strong rotation ko, ganun naman nangyari,” he added.

The Cargo Movers looked down and out after trailing by one set and falling behind 0-9 in the fourth set, but found their second wind just in time to extend the best-of-three finals to a deciding match.

The winner-take-all battle will be played on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

F2 Logistics battled back from 0-9 down to turn the fourth set around then never looked back, opening a 9-3, lead in the fifth set behind the heroics of Cha Cruz.

The Cargo Movers had a block party with 17 total rejections compared to just five for the Blaze Spikers in a match that took two hours and 28 minutes to finish.

Lindsay Stalzer finished with 24 points for Petron, while Hillary Hurley added 16. 

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