PETRON hopes to learn from its lesson after celebrating too early in a devastating loss to F2 Logistics in Game Two of the best-of-three Finals series of the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix.
The Blaze Spikers were one set away from clinching the title on Thursday night at The Arena in San Juan as they comfortably took a 9-0 lead in the fourth set, before the Cargo Movers fought back to tie the game, 13-13, en route to extend the match and force a rubber match on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“May part na ganun (early celebration), kasi kahit naman sino ‘yung nasa sitwasyon na ganun kasi talagang mafe-feel na kailangan mo i-enjoy (’yung moment) eh,” said Petron coach Shaq delos Santos.
“Pero ‘yun lang, lesson learned sa amin na talagang kung mag-start kami ng maganda, tapusin namin hanggang dulo,” he added. “Siguro naging part din na nag-relax kami. ‘Yun lang ganun talaga, kailangan naming i-accept and maging strong pa.”
The veteran mentor did not spend too much time for the post-game huddle.
He wanted his wards to process what happened individually before they tackle the issue as a group.
“Actually wala, wala kami masyadong pinag-usapan sa totoo lang. Kasi ‘di naman namin mababago agad-agad ‘yan eh. Gusto naming bigyan ng time ‘yung mga players makapagpahinga,” he said.