Dindin Santiago’s rivalry with sister Jaja takes the backseat as team effort carries Petron to victory
Dindin Santiago-Manabat scores against younger sister Jaja Santiago. Jerome Ascano

PETRON stalwart Dindin Santiago-Manabat set aside her personal showdown with younger sister Jaja Santiago as the Blaze Spikers forces a winner-take-all match against Foton in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix finals.

The Blaze Spikers were on fire from start to finish as the defending champions pulled off a, 25-13, 25-21, 23-25, 26-24, victory over the Tornadoes at the Astrodome on Monday.

But for the elder Santiago, who earlier vowed not to give Jaja a shot at winning the title, Game Two was more than a faceoff between two warring sisters

“Mas ok kasi lahat kami nagising na eh, hindi lang sa match up namin ni Jaja syempre buong team na itong pinag-uusapan,” said Dindin, who match her Game One output with 16 points.

 “Hindi naman magpapatalo ang Foton at syempre hindi rin naman kami magpapatalo syempre kailangan namin magising lahat,” she added.

Contrary to coach George Pascua’s earlier statement that having too many leaders is not working for the reigning champions, Dindin stressed the set-up is what keeps the team together.

The former National University skipper also added having too many vocal leasers such as herself, Aby Marano, Rachel Anne Daquis, and Brazilian imports Erica Adachi and Rupia Inck doesn’t bother the Blazer Spikers but more on their complacency.

“Ganoon pa rin eh kasi lahat leader, pag nagsalita si Ate Rachel makikinig kami, pag nagsalita si Aby makikinig kami, pag nagsalita ‘yung dalawang imports makikinig kami. Kailangan lahat leader kasi bawat leader palaban hindi reason ‘yun ang naging reason lang masyado kaming naging kumpyansa,” she said.

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