But Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos stressed that their misfortune is already a thing of the past and they are now focussed on redeeming themselves by winning the title.
“What happened in the past conference no longer matters to us. What’s important at this point is what lies ahead of us,” said Delos Santos, who will call the shots when the national squad competes in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
Cignal coach Edgar Barroga shares the same sentiment, guaranteeing that this battle between two undefeated teams would boil down into a war of attrition.
“I always remind my players to learn a thing or two in our past games,” he said. “But I still always remind them that the present is more important.”