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13-1: F2 Logistics cracks Petron puzzle, forces winner-take-all

Finally showing their big-game pedigree, the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers halted the Petron Blaze Spikers’ 13-game winning streak in Game Two of the 2018 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Finals, 21-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-17, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The match started how Game One ended: with Petron holding off F2 Logistics. Ahead 21-17, the Blaze Spikers began a costly trend of bad receptions that allowed the Cargo Movers to come within two, 22-20. Petron eventually won the set thanks to heads-up plays from Remy Palma, but their propensity for misreceptions continued through the match.

F2 Logistics took advantage, mustering a 6-0 run in the second set that gave them a decisive 13-7 lead. The Cargo Movers eventually took the frame and continued their run in the third set, blitzing Petron, 21-13.

Petron tried to rally in the fourth frame, sticking with F2 Logistics through steady defensive play. But the Cargo Movers found their groove, turning an 11-all deadlock into a 14-11 advantage that persisted until the end of the match.

“Hindi lang siguro kami nawala ng tiwala. Pumasok kami sa game na ‘to na iniisip namin na may Game Three,” said F2 Logistics ace Ara Galang who topped all scorers with 20 points.

“Nag-focus kami and naglaro kami para sa isa’t isa. Focus na kami ngayon sa Game Three,” the decorated mentor added.

Middle blocker Majoy Baron and captain Cha Cruz-Behag added 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Ces Molina led the Blaze Spikers with 17 points, while Aiza Maizo-Pontillas managed 11.

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Petron last lost a match in Game Two of the Invitational Cup to the eventual champions F2 Logistics.

Game Three will be on Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Scores

F2 Logistics (3) – Galang 20, Baron 14, Behag 13, Morente 10, Maraño 8, Fajardo 3, Cheng 0, Cobb 0, Dy 0, Macandili (L)

Petron (1) – Molina 17, Pontillas 11, Pons 10, Rondina 9, Palma 7, Reyes 5, Dimaculangan 2, Cortez 0, Legacion 0, Pabayo 0, Duremdes (L), Gaiser (L)

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Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.

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