What did not work in Game One definitely did the trick in Game Two as the F2 Logistics ousted Petron in four sets to keep its hunt for the Philippine Superliga (PSL) All Filipino Conference 2018 trophy alive.
The Cargo Movers shrugged off a rusty start before finding their groove to force a winner-takes-all Game Three tomorrow, while also ending the Blaze Spikers’ 13-game winning streak along the way.
It was a trademark Ramil de Jesus game as F2 Logistics made a living from their services and floor and net defense to recover from a straight set loss in the series opener.
Compared to their previous 54 digs output, the Cargo Movers amassed a whooping total of 123 digs, improving from 18 digs average per set to 30.75 digs average per set. One-fourth of those digs came from libero Dawn Macandili, who tallied 33 digs while skipper Cha Cruz-Behag added 25.
Macandili and Behag also handled the reception department, racking up 16 and 15, respectively, of the F2 Logistics 41 excellent receptions, which is an improvement from their 25 reception output in Game One.
Petron also had a good defensive game with 121 digs and 38 receptions, but what they lack in blocking and serving the F2 Logistics got covered.
The Cargo Movers tripled the Blaze Spikers in blocks, 12-4, while dominating in service with nine aces to only two from the latter. Majoy Baron and Aby Maraňo connected four and three blocks, respectively, while their Petron counterparts Mika Reyes and Rem Palma both had none.
With their defense and service on point, F2 Logistics was able to create more offensive opportunities, registering 47 kills compared to their previous 21-point output in attacks. Kim Fajardo, who previously managed 17, dished out game-high 41 excellent sets this time.
But while Blaze Spikers produced more attacks with 55 off Rhea Dimaculangan’s 39 excellent sets, the Cargo Movers were more in control with their errors, tallying 20 errors compared to the latter’s 28.
Ara Galang led the scoring with 20 hits while Baron, Behag and Mich Morente added 14, 13, and 10, respectively, for the Cargo Movers who inched closer to their second All Filipino title.
Ces Molina, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, and Bernadeth Pons conspired for 38 markers on a losing effort for the Blaze Spikers, who fell short of sweeping the tournament.
F2 Logistics and Petron clashes anew tomorrow at the FilOil Flyin V Arena in San Juan at 7 p.m. for the season-ending Game Three.
(Image from Philippine Superliga Facebook page)
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