F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus won’t go easy against lowly Victoria Sports-University of Santo Tomas team when they face in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix at La Salle Lipa in Batangas on Saturday.
The Cargo Movers are heavily favored to win their 6:00 p.m. match after they remained perfect in four games but the veteran coach will still keep his guards up against the collegiate team.
“Ako, hindi kasi ako nag-iisip ng ‘ah madaling panalo.' Nakikita naman natin ang tinatakbo ng team ng UST, hindi basta-basta bumibitaw,” he said.
While F2 Logistics will parade a star-studded lineup led by former La Salle standouts Aby Maraño, Kim Fajardo, Cha Cruz and backed by Venezuelan import Maria Jose Perez and American reinforcement Kennedy Bryan, Victoria Sports-UST won’t have its leaders Sisi Rondina and EJ Laure, who are in Petron and Foton, respectively.
But the 10-time UAAP champion coach stressed that a team like Victoria Sports-UST, which is yet to win its first game after three outings, is scarier than a team looking for a sweep.
“Nothing to lose kasi ang team na ‘yun eh,” he said. “Ang importante lang sa kanila siguro accomplishment ang makakuha ng isang set or isang panalo napakaganda na sa kanila kaya ‘yun ang iiwasan naming mangyari.”
Another motivation for the F2 Logistics players is to avenge their loss to the Tigresses in the 2017 Unigames held in Dumaguete on October.
La Salle players led by Kim Dy, Majoy Baron and Dawn Macandili, put up a gallant stand against the Tigresses but the Rondina-led UST team pulled off a, 13-25, 25-22, 25-17, 15-25, 15-11, win.
Although the Unigames no longer matter to de Jesus, he made it an added motivation for his wards.
“Sabi ko nga sa kanila, kung gusto niyong bumawi, bumawi kayo,” he said.