Ramil de Jesus explains decision to gamble on recuperating Ara Galang in F2 loss
Ara Galang was supposed to sit out for three weeks but found herself on the court to fire up her F2 Logistics teammates. Dante Peralta

F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus bared that he had no choice but to field in a recovering Ara Galang in the hope of firing up his wards in the game against Petron in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix on Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan.

The veteran mentor had to make a quick adjustment when the Tri-Activ Spikers were firing from all angles especially from the service line, where Petron had a total of 14 aces compared to the Cargo Movers’ two the entire match.

It reached a point where De Jesus decided to gamble on Galang, who was supposed to sit out for three weeks after undergoing a minor right knee operation, to boost the sagging morale of the team.

“Kailangan ko kasi (siya ipasok),” admitted de Jesus, whose team eventually lost to Petron, 17-25, 22-25, 19-25. “Dominated kami kanina sa service receive. Kaya nga lumayo ang kalaban, madaming aces kita mo nga 14 aces so almost kalahating set na ‘yun.”

“Kasi pagpasok pa lang ni Ara, ‘yung presence pa lang ni Ara sa loob parang kita mo ‘yung team buhay,” he added. “Kaya noong second set noong pinasok ko si Ara, medyo iba ‘yung kinilos eh, although kinapos lang.”

The 22-year old former La Salle skipper, who missed the team's opening game to Foton, admitted that she was frustrated just by watching her teammates fall prey to their opponents.

“May frustration sa part ko kasi feeling ko wala ako nako-contribute, wala akong natutulong,” said Galang.

“Na-excite ako (noong pinasok ako), ‘di naman (sumakit) kasi sa jumping talaga siya ‘di pa kaya, ‘di pa pwede. Step by step so sa laterals okay, kaya naman,” she added.  

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