F2 Logistics head coach Ramil de Jesus admitted that Petron showed more desire to win, although he was still gracious in their first defeat in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference.
The Cargo Movers squandered a two-set lead that resulted in a 28-26, 29-27, 19-25, 20-25, 6-15 meltdown at the expense of the Blaze Spikers on Thursday at the Arena in San Juan City.
As F2 Logistics absorbed its first defeat in 12 outings, De Jesus admitted that Petron really wanted it more unlike his wards, who played frustrated and committed most of their 27 miscues late in the game.
“Determinado talaga yung Petron. Nagumpisa kasi ng errors namin and then nakapitan din naman ng Petron. Mas ginusto ng Petron kanina,” said the Cargo Movers mentor. “Sa side naman namin medyo nafufrustrate pagka nakakadepensa yung Petron lalo na pagka nakakapalo ng malakas.”
“Sinabi ko naman sa kanila na isa sa magaling dumepensa itong team na ‘to. So kailangan wag masyadong mainip, yung maturity naman (naging problema),” he added.
But De Jesus would rather lose now than the crucial part of the tournament as he takes the defeat as a huge lesson for their campaign that could help them in the quarterfinals and semifinals.
“Mas magandang ngayon na kesa sa susunod pa baka mamaya abutin pa kami sa quarterfinals or semifinals na maexperience to’ ang bigat lalo,” the three-time PSL champion coach said.
As Petron now holds the top seed with a 12-1 win-loss record, De Jesus is going back to the drawing board and work on the lapses of their first loss.
“Dapat daanan yan hindi yung puro panalo kasi pag puro panalo wala kang icocorrect sa training. Kasi mahirap din yung puro panalo ka kasi wala ka na dapat iimprove pa at icorrect sa sarili,” he insisted.
F2 Logistics will only have little time to recover as it flies to Cagayan de Oro on Friday morning for its out of town duel with PLDT on Saturday.