THE F2 Logistics Cargo Movers remembered who they are and showed how they really play to live another day and force a winner-take-all Game Three against the erstwhile-unbeaten Petron Blaze Spikers in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Finals.
Following a frustrating three-set loss in Game One last Saturday, the Cargo Movers showed their real form and bounced back on a rousing note, ending the Blaze Spikers’ 13-0 winning run in the process with a 21-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-17 victory in Game Two on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
“Noong Game One parang hindi magkakakilala. Sabi ko sa kanila noong training, tapos na, so kung gusto nating bumawi, bawi na lang tayo. And eto, nag-work naman noong Game Two,” said F2 Logistics head coach Ramil de Jesus after equalizing the best-of-three Finals series. “Sabi ko kilala ko kayo eh. Kung hindi ko kayo kilala, maaring maniwala ako na ganoon lang ang laro niyo.”
And the Cargo Movers did it as Ara Galang, Majoy Baron and Cha Cruz-Behag stepped up when it mattered most to force a winner-take-all Finals Game 3 on Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.
Behag, who gave an all-around effort with 13 markers — highlighted by the two winning attacks in the fourth set, said that they remembered who they are to regain their confidence and trust in each other.
“Pinaalala ni coach kung sino talaga kami, kung ano kaya gawin namin, and nagkaroon kami ng kumpyansa sa sarili, sa bawat isa at malasakit din,” said Behag, who also had a tremendous defensive effort with 25 digs and 15 excellent receptions. “Kaya nakuha namin yung Game Two, and may focus kami and may goal kami na makuha yung Game Three.”
Galang, who led the way with 20 points off 17 spikes, said that they moved on from Game 1 and had a fresh start in Game 2.
“Siguro parang ginawa naming lesson din yung Game One, tsaka nag-move on, nag-move forward kami. So this Game Two, nag-focus kami sa ability ng bawat isa sa amin,” the Invitational MVP said. “Yung team work talaga, kailangan eh, tsaka yung kumpyansa sa sarili. So ayun, mag-start sa sarili mo hanggang sa mag-tulong-tulong na kayo ng bawat isa sa loob ng court.”
Behag was also reminiscent of their 2017 Grand Prix comeback from a Game 1 loss and momentarily had a series comeback with the help of MJ Perez and Kennedy Bryan.
“We've been in this situation before, and nothing is impossible with the Lord, so talagang panghahawakan namin kung ano yung kaya namin,” Behag said. “Sabi nga ni coach, lahat kami, hindi bago sa amin itong ganitong experience, lahat kami nagkaroon ng championship experience, so bukod sa lakas na meron kami, puso ang papaaralin namin.”
As they clash for all the marbles in Game 3, Behag and Galang vowed to avoid being complacent and give everything they got again.
“Bilog bola, pero siyempre we'll take advantage of the momentum that we have, pero siyempre alam namin na Petron, babawi din sila,“ Behag said. “We'll also do double effort, kung hanggang kailan man, ubusan talaga kung ubusan. Kung anong kaya nila, kaya din namin and makikipag-sabayan kami sa kanila.”
“Di kami magiging relaxed kahit nakuha namin itong Game Two. Kinuha naman namin itong Game Two kasi gusto namin makuha yung Game Three,” she said. “So yung mindset namin, dodoblehin pa namin, since Game 3 na nga, last na, lahat talaga all out na, lahat talaga ibibigay na namin, lahat ng mga natutunan namin, lahat ng paghihirap, lahat ng paghuhugutan namin, ibibigay na namin doon.”