Just like last year, defending champions F2 Logistics Cargo Movers stayed alive in the 2018 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix, sweeping the Petron Blaze Spikers in Game Two, 25-17, 25-22, 25-19, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
The Cargo Movers came out with incredible accuracy to begin the match, taking a 20-13 lead and never looking back. Then in the second set, F2 Logistics got a late boost from open hitter Ara Galang, who hopped off the bench and made pivotal plays. Tied at 21, Galang started the 4-1 run that allowed her squad to take a 2-0 lead.
By the third set, F2 Logistics had full control against a deflated foe. After a strong 8-4 blitz, the Cargo Movers cruised to a 17-12 gap and cruised the rest of the wa.
“Mas prepared lang kami mentally ngayon kasi last time. Although maganda naman ang ginagawa, noong time na nabigyan ng momentum ang kalaban, medyo nag-relax and gumana ang kalaban tapos kami naman ang na-disorganized so ang tagal namin naka-recover,” mused F2 Logistics head coach Arnold Laniog.
“So this time siguro ‘yung mindset talaga nakatutok talaga kasi usapan na this is our last game, kung hindi man palarin last game na so do or die for us, just give our best talaga,” the champion NCAA coach added.
Reigning Most Valuable Player MJ Perez recovered from a dismal outing in Game One, scoring 20 points to go with nine excellent receptions.
The Cargo Movers held Petron import Katherine Bell to just 15 points after the American had 42 in Game One.
The winner-take-all Game Three will be on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
F2 Logistics (3) – Perez 20, Galang 11, Maraño 9, Bryan 6, Cruz 5, Nunag 4, Fajardo 1, Yoshioka (L)
Petron (0) – Bell 15, Stalzer 15, Palma 5, Molina 4, Reyes 4, Pontillas 1, Cortez 0, Legacion 0, Fukuda (L)