Cignal coach George Pascua revealed key in their payback victory over his former team, Petron, in the final round of the 2017 Belo Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference late Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
It was such a sweet revenge.
Dynamic duo Jovelyn Gonzaga and Rachel Anne Daquis steered the scoring role for the HD Spikers as they walloped Blaze Spikers in four sets, 25-22, 18-25, 25-15, 25-19.
Unfortunately, only Carmela Tunay scored in double figures for Petron with 10 points while skipper Ces Molina and Mina Aganon added eight markers apiece.
Pascua said their loss in the classification to the Blaze Spikers squeezed out the best from them.
[quote]”It’s a learning experience for us.”
“Sabi ko nga sa kanila ‘yung pagkatalo namin sa Petron, sign ‘yun na mayroon pa kaming i-improve para kapag naglaban kami alam namin kung anong gagawin namin.”[/quote]
It was indeed a morale-boosting victory for the HD Spikers as they inched closer to their first-ever crown in the conference.
[quote]”Ito kasi yung turning point namin sa Petron para ma-boost yung morale nila kasi yun lang yung nakatalo sa amin.”[/quote]
Petron failed to control Cignal’s strength.
Seasoned playmaker Chie Saet, who tossed in 16 excellent sets, perfectly connected with the spikers.
Thus, it served as a major key to return the favor to the Blaze Spikers, whom he led to a historic 13-0 sweep of the PSL All-Filipino Conference two years ago before he moved to Cignal this year.
[quote]”Maganda yung naging passing namin at nagkaroon kami ng panibagong combination plays na hindi nila nakita before noong naglaban kami.”[/quote]
At the end, Pascua said he treated such titanic collision with his former team just like any normal game.
[quote]”Sa akin normal game lang. Kumbaga siyempre, I have to be professional and balanced. Wala namang pinanghuhugutan, laro lang talaga.”[/quote]
Now, that’s professionalism.