Fancied Petron, F2 shoot for semifinal berths | Inquirer Sports

Fancied Petron, F2 shoot for semifinal berths

/ 05:19 AM April 06, 2019

Elite teams Petron and F2 Logistics shoot for semifinal slots with a single attempt on Saturday when they go up against separate lowly rivals at the start of the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix playoffs at Filoil Flying V Centre.

Armed with a twice-to-beat shields, the unbeaten Blaze Spikers and the Cargo Movers battle Sta. Lucia and Foton, respectively, with Petron taking the floor first at 4 p.m.

Second-ranked F2 tangles with Foton in the 6 p.m. game.

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After a remarkable 14-game sweep, the Blaze Spikers are expected to impose their power against the Lifesavers as fans are clamoring for a 19-game sweep to their sixth conference title.

But Petron coach Shaq delos Santos remains modest of his team’s capability, saying their goal is the title and not a sweep.

“We want to defend the championship at any cost, but if an opportunity to sweep comes, we would also take it,” Delos Santos said. “For now, we have a game plan which is designed to maximize our chance for the title.”

F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus likewise downplayed their chances against the former champion Tornadoes.

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“I must admit that I really don’t want to face Foton in the quarterfinals. Foton is a dangerous team. You can’t take them lightly.”

De Jesus cited the return of Jaja Santiago, Dindin Manabat and the arrival of Milagros Collar as import. They have given Foton back-to-back wins at the end of the eliminations.

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Foton coach Aaron Velez said they would not go down without a fight despite suffering an 11-game tailspin.

“We really wanted to come up with a strong finish,” Velez said. “We feel that by winning our last couple of games, we will have the momentum going into the next round.”

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