PETRON dethroned F2 Logistics via a 25-19, 25-20, 22-25, 25-18 victory in Game Three to claim the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix title on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.
American imports Kath Bell and Lindsay Stalzer led the Blaze Spikers, who bagged their second Grand Prix title and fourth championship overall in the commercial league.
Bell came away with 25 kills and three blocks for 28 points while Stalzer had 20 kills, three aces and a block for the Blaze Spikers, who nearly squandered a 10-point edge in the fourth set.
Stalzer was later named tournament MVP.
“This is such a sweet victory. Finally, we’re back on top,” said Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos, who was part of the coaching staff of George Pascua when the Blaze Spikers last won the Grand Prix title in 2014.
“After three conferences ng Grand Prix, nakakuha rin ako ng championship so sobrang happy. Hindi ko alam kung paano ko ie-explain ‘yung feeling ko ngayon pero sobra-sobrang happy ako na nakuha ko ang goal ko ngayon,” he added.
Ara Galang bailed out F2 Logistics when the team overcame a six-point deficit to win the third set but Petron regrouped to take an 8-1 lead in the next set that ballooned to 12-2.
F2 Logistics kept within striking distance, 14-17, but Bell and Stalzer took matters into their own hands to lead Petron to the 2-1 win in the best-of-three championship series.
Petron now holds a 2-1 edge over F2 Logistics in their finals face-offs after the Blaze Spikers won the 2017 All-Filipino Conference while the Cargo Movers ruled the 2017 Grand Prix.
Venezuelan import Maria Jose Perez finished with 19 points for F2 Logistics, while Kennedy Bryan added 12 and Galang chipped in 12.