by Kristel Satumbaga
Games Today (Velez Sports Center)
4:15 p.m. – Sta. Lucia vs F2 Logistics
7 p.m. – Generika-Ayala vs Cignal
SILAY CITY, Negros Occidental – League-leading F2 Logistics tries to preserve its flawless record when it takes on struggling Sta. Lucia today in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at the Natalio Velez Sports and Cultural Center here.
Match is at 4:15 p.m. with the Cargo Movers seeking to extend their winning run to six games.
The acquisition of Kalei Mau has made F2 Logistics more dangerous as evident by their big wins over defending champion Petron and heavy favorite Cignal.
Apart from Mau, out to keep the fire burning for F2 Logistics are Aby Maraño, Ara Galang and Majoy Baron.
The quartet starred in team’s recent 25-22, 25-18, 25-14 triumph over Cignal.
Sta. Lucia, in contrast, tries to end a four-game slump that included a 25-12, 25-23, 28-16 loss to Generika Ayala two days back.
Despite a star-studded roster in MJ Philips, Amy Ahomiro, Pam Lastimosa and Amanda Villanueva, the Lady Realtors should play with more if they are to stop the bleeding.
In the other game, Cignal aims to regain its composure and gun for solo second when it clashes with Generika-Ayala at 7 p.m.
The HD Spikers are currently tied with Petron at second with 3-1 while the Lifesavers are half a game behind at 2-1.
Despite their hot streak, F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus is challenging his wards not to slow down.
“It’s not about the record. Yes, we have a perfect card so far, but we’re still playing in the eliminations. It’s still a long way to go,” said de Jesus, who led the Cargo Movers to the Al-Filipino title in 2017.
“I told the team to keep on playing hard. The playoffs will be a different ballgame so we have to build momentum in this early part of the conference.”
“We prepared for Sta. Lucia the way we prepared for Cignal,” said de Jesus, an 11-time University Athletic Association of the Philippines champion mentor for De La Salle University.