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    Petron asserts mastery of F2 Logistics to complete PSL Grand Prix hat-trick

    May 4, 2019
    PHOTO: marlo cueto

    PETRON captured its third title in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix, defeating rival F2 Logsitics, 26-24, 25-19, 23-25, 25-19, in Game Three of the best-of-three finals series on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.

    Prolific American imports Stephanie Niemer and Kath Bell took charge for the Blaze Spikers, who copped their sixth overall title in the league.

    Niemer, who was hailed MVP, unloaded 31 points, while Bell, who was named Best Outside Spiker, 16 markers and Remy Palma delivered 14 points, scattered from nine attacks, one block and four of the team’s service aces.

    “Experience na rin ng team, malaking bagay ‘yun kasi dati dumaan din kami sa [pag]struggle ng team,” said Petron coach Shaq delos Santos, who copped his fourth title.

    “Pero hindi kami sumuko kasi lagi naming iniisip na lahat ng bagay magiging ok,” he added.

    After losing Game One, 20-25, 25-16, 23-25, 23-25, Petron recovered and took Game Two, 23-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-19, victory to force a decider.

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    Mainstays Mika Reyes, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Palma, Ces Molina and Denden Lazaro provided the needed push as Petron completed a come-from-behind title run.

    “Binigyan kami ng wakeup call ni Lord doon sa talo namin sa Game One na napakaimportanteng game pero hindi kami nawalan ng pag-asa, naging positive pa rin kami,” said delos Santos.

    The Blaze Spikers took a 4-2 edge in their sixth straight finals showdown with the Cargo Movers.

    MJ Perez finished with 27 points for F2 Logistics, while Lindsay Stalzer had 18 markers.

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