F2 Cargo Movers overcome Petron for PSL Grand Prix title

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The F2 Logistics Cargo Movers outclassed the Petron Blaze Spikers, 25-20, 25-19, 20-25, 25-18, to claim their first-ever Philippine SuperLiga (PSL) Grand Prix title on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Import Maria Perez paced F2 with 24 points, while captain Cha Cruz added on 16 markers herself.

The Cargo Movers looked dead in the water after being down 9-0 in Set 4 of Game 2 last Thursday at the San Juan Arena, but as if riding on their momentum from their unlikely comeback, they shellshocked the Blaze Spikers in Game 3.

It was an achievement not lost on F2 coach Ramil De Jesus.

"Kita naman nung Game 2, 9-0, sino ba magaakala na makakabangon pa 'yung team namin na ganun 'yung score? (After Game 2, 9-0, who would have thought we could recover?)" De Jesus said.

F2 started out the deciding match on a tear, going on a 8-3 run before easily claiming the opening set.

The Blaze Spikers showed more fight in the second frame, but were overrun by the Cargo Movers soon after.

With their backs against the wall, the Blaze Spikers knew that their season was on the line. The Blaze Spikers were able to finally showcase their grit and battled to take the third set and extend the game.

But there was no turning back the Cargo Movers, who leaned on the heroics of captain Cruz in the fourth set to secure the title.

Hillary Hurley led Petron with 25 points in a losing effort.

De Jesus said their victory was all down to the desire to win for the Cargo Movers.

"Alam naman natin 'yung Petron mahirap na kalaban, halos lahat ng mga talented players nasa kanila," De Jesus bared. "Siguro mas ginusto 'yung mga players ko ngayon talagang manalo."

(Translation: Petron is a tough competitor as it has talented players. But my players were determined to win.)