PETRON coach Shaq delos Santos hopes to gain more after losing to F2 Logistics in the Philippine Super Liga Invitational Conference on Saturday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
It was their fourth finals showdown before the Cargo Movers pulled off a 25-18, 23-25, 25-23, 25-18 victory over the Blaze Spikers in Game Two of the best-of-three finals series to even the head-to-head finals matchup to 2-2.
But Delos Santos was gracious in defeat, and was the first to remind his team that there’s nothing to be ashamed of from losing; in fact, it must serve as a motivation for them.
“Sabi ko nga sa players ko, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. Kasi lahat ng teams naghahangad na mapunta sa finals, hindi siya ganoon kadali, pero tayo pa rin ang nandito dahil sa work hard natin and sa lahat ng efforts,” he said.
“But syempre sana dahil dito (sa pagkatalo namin) eh mas mag-mature pa kami para sa mga susunod na laban pa namin,” he added.
Delos Santos, who’s also the national team coach after F2 Logistics mentor Ramil de Jesus stepped down, had nothing but high regard for the Cargo Movers.
“Lagi kong sinasabi sa lahat ng interviews, ang taas ng respeto ko dyan sa F2 Logistics, mula sa coaches sa players, alam namin ang quality ng laro nila,” he said.
“But, of course, kami hindi naman kami magda-down ng sarili namin kasi alam namin na mayroon din kaming sariling skills, sariling galing,” he added.
The Blaze Spikers won in the 2018 Grand Prix at 2017 All-Filipino conferences, while the Cargo Movers ruled the 2017 All-Filipino and 2017 Grand Prix.