Games Today at FilOil Flying V Centre
3 p.m. — Marinerang Pilipina vs Sta. Lucia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyWS5gMED2Q
5 p.m. — Chery Tiggo vs Petron https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnO1GRC1uh0
7 p.m. — F2 Logistics vs Cignal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rk_zBXd0lF8
Reigning champion Petron and F2 Logistics shoot for their second straight win when they tackle separate foes in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix today at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Petron tests the mettle of powerhouse Chery Tiggo while at 5 p.m. the Cargo Movers battle Cignal in the 7 p.m. nightcap of this prestigious women’s club tourney bankrolled by Cocolife, Cocogen, Sogo, Eurotel, Sweet and Fit Stevia, Team Rebel Sports and Genius Sports.
Prior to that, Sta. Lucia hits warpath anew when it faces dangerous Marinerang Pilipina at 3 p.m. of this battle that also has Bizooku, Gerflor, Senoh, Asics, Mikasa and Mueller Sports as technical partners.
Although the Cargo Movers will not have its head coach in Ramil de Jesus on the bench as he attends to the game of De La Salle University in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, expect the Cargo Movers to be in fighting form to build momentum in the early stretch of the tournament.
In their previous 25-21, 25-15, 25-13 win over PLDT Home Fibr last Tuesday, import Lindsay Stalzer and Kalei Mau spearheaded the scoring parade while Majoy Baron, Dawn Macandili and Aby Maraño took care of the defense for the Cargo Movers who are billed as the heaviest contender this conference.
“We need to have a more organized blocking and we have to improve our floor defense against Cignal,” de Jesus said, knowing that the HD Spikers will be tough nut to cracks with the presence of veterans Rachel Anne Daquis and Jovelyn Gonzaga as well as Filipino-Hawaiian setter Alohi Robins-Hardy.
“Let’s see the difference in our game today and we’ll see what these two unbeaten squads can show and adjust in the situation.”
Cignal head coach Edgar Barroga is tipped to lean on his import in Liannes Simon who torched Generika-Ayala for 29 points in their 19-25, 25-28, 25-20, 25-20 win over Generika-Ayala also last Tuesday.
Also expected to draw interest is the battle between Petron and Chery Tiggo.
The new-look Blaze Spikers had a rousing start when they clobbered the Lifesavers last week, 25-22, 25-22, 25-21, sparking speculations that they are still the team to beat despite losing their nucleus of Mika Reyes, Denden Lazaro and Rhea Dimaculangan in the off-season.
Petron coach Emil Lontoc said their win was such a big boost to their three-peat ambition with the newcomers led by Ging Balse-Pabayo, Angela Nunag, Rebecca Rivera and Lutgarda Malaluan all eager to prove their worth.
““That win was a huge encouragement for our players since many our counting us out this season,” the 70-year-old mentor said. “I’m just telling them that we can do this. We have our import in Kat Bell to guide us.”
Bell is again expected to carry the cudgels for Petron as she faces an equally explosive import in Tatjana Bokan, who unleashed 33 points in Chery Tiggo’s 25-20, 27-29, 25-21, 25-21 victory over Marinerang Pilipina.
Aside from Bokan, the Crossovers would also lean on Mylene Paat who put up 17 points in her debut, as well as Shaya Adorador and Rachel Austero.
“We will just do our homework. It’s a long way to go for us this Grand Prix and we will take it one game at a time. But I know my players will put up a good fight against Petron,” Chery Tiggo head coach Aaron Velez said.