“We came here with nothing to lose. The pressure is now on Petron,” said Barroga following their thrilling encounter that lasted until the wee hours of Tuesday.
“We’re going to do our best in this fight of our lives.”
But Petron won’t simply buckle down to pressure.
Head coach Shaq Delos Santos said losing to Cignal in a high-stake battle didn’t come as a surprise ass it is known to be a quality team with a merry mix of veterans like Gonzaga and Daquis, rising stars like Mylene Paat and Janine Navarro with a savvy Filipino-American playmaker like Alohi Robins-Hardy.
Generika-Ayala head coach Sherwin Meneses recognizes their hunger, saying that they are in a must-win situation entering the crucial stretch of the tournament.
“Every game is important so we must make the most out of every opportunity to take the win,” said Meneses, whose wards started hot before fading in the semifinal derby of the All-Filipino Conference two months ago.
“We are currently tied with Sta. Lucia and we need this win to boost our chances.”
“Our goal is to win the title – not just to sweep the conference,” said Delos Santos, who was an assistant of George Pascua when the Blaze Spikers bannered by the troika of Rachel Anne Daquis, Dindin Manabat and Aby Marano swept their way to the 2015 All-Filipino crown.
“I’m proud of my team. Getting here isn’t easy. But our job is not yet done. We still have a bigger goal in mind which is to win the Grand Prix title.”