F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus admitted that his team was outclassed by Petron in Game One of the best-of-three PSL Grand Prix Finals series on Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan.
The Blaze Spikers were on attack mode from start to finish, displaying a near-flawless game to pull off a, 25-14, 25-21, 25-16 victory to move a win away from taking home the title.
“Well-prepared ‘yung Petron and then siguro itong team, first time papasok sa ganitong finals.” said de Jesus. “So let’s (see) next game.”
Petron imports Lindsay Stalzer and Hillary Hurley stole the show from their F2 Logistics counterparts. The Blaze Spikers also showed better ball distribution (25-9 excellent sets) and dominated the attacking department (42-33), while earning 16 extra points courtesy of the Cargo Movers’ errors compared to only nine of their own.
“Siguro very tight sa loob, then siguro medyo intimidated ‘yung team kanina. Sabi ko nga kanina magrelax sa loob and yung confidence ibalik medyo bumaba nung nakuha ‘yung first set,” said de Jesus.
“Actually hindi din (kami nagulat). Siguro baka ‘yung isang import kasi late na nakaadjust at saka talagang Petron played well,” he added.
The soft-spoken coach didn’t say much during the post-game huddle. But he was straightforward with what he wants his team to do on Game Two on Thursday.
“Wala ako masyadong sinabi, basta sabi ko we need to bounce back next game. ‘Give your 100 percent, give your best for next game.’”