“We’re not concerned if we end up no. 1 or no. 2,” said Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos, noting that they have to be at their best either against eighth seed Smart or seventh seed Generika-Ayala in the quarterfinals where they will be coming in with a twice-to-beat advantage.
“We can’t be complacent, especially with what happened in our last game (against Sta. Lucia). It was a lesson learned and we would carry that as we go along (in our journey).”
Whoever will emerge on top after the 10-game classification battle will be armed with a twice-to-beat advantage against the eighth seed while the second seed will face the seventh seed, the third seed will clash with the sixth seed, and the fourth seed will tangle with the fifth seed in the quarterfinals.
“Our last game against Foton will be very crucial as it determines our placing in the next round,” said F2 Logistics coach Arnold Laniog, adding that Kim Fajardo, Aby Maraño and Cha Cruz are expected to step up to support imports Maria Jose Perez and Kennedy Bryan against the solid Tornadoes side bannered by Channon Thompson, Dindin Santiago and Elizabeth Wendel.
“We simply relaxed in the third set,” said Abella, who is looking forward to another titanic battle with the Cargo Movers.
“As I was telling the team: We need a good start and a stronger finish. It’s good that we executed that ‘strong finish’ we’ve been trying to work on in training. We have to play like this if we want to stand a chance against a good team like F2 (Logistics).”