Despite the winning streak, Foton head coach Aaron Velez still refused to get complacent, knowing that the second round will get even tougher.
“We’re satisfied, but we have a lot of things to do,” Velez said.
“We can’t be contended because there are still things that we have to work out as a group for us to win convincingly.”
“I told them that it seems that we never learned our lesson in our first few games,” said de Jesus, who dropped their first two matches to powerhouse Cignal and Petron.
“Kapag nakakakuha kasi ng first two sets, medyo nagre-relax na sila at nawawala ang respeto sa kalaban. Ayaw na nilang mag-isip at dumepensa. Sabi ko hindi tayo mananalo kung maghihintay lang tayo ng errors ng kalaban. Kailangan irespeto natin sila.”
Foton’s latest victim is Generika-Ayala, but Lifesavers’ head coach Sherwin Meneses is not yet ready to push the panic button.
“It’s not yet time to panic. We still have a long way to go. The conference is just on its second round of eliminations,” said Meneses, looking calm and composed despite suffering a three set loss to the Tornadoes, 16-25, 26-28, 15-25, last Saturday.
“Coming off a loss is just as hard and we can’t afford to lose back-to-back games if we want to build momentum early on the conference,” said Delos Santos, who is also the mentor of the national team headed for the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
“It’s a good wake up call for us, see what we need to work on, try to adjust to situations thrown at us and to remind ourselves that a three-peat won’t be given to us on a silver platter.”