In an almost statistically even match, Laoag’s faulty reception spelled their doomed in the Game 1 of their best-of-3 series semifinals against top seed Air Force in the 13th Shakey’s V-League Open Conference.
Power Smashers coach Nes Pamilar said the team’s first-ball woes resulted in an array of problems which included their performance in the offensive end.
“Hindi nasunod yung defense pattern na ginawa namin kaya nagkaproblema. ‘Yung first ball namin hindi naging maganda, so ang nangyayari ang mas maraming atake ‘yung sa outside hitter namin, so medyo napagod si (Jovie) Prado,” Pamilar told FOX Sports. “Plus hindi gumana din ‘yung middle spiker namin dahil nga halos ang layo ng first ball namin.”
Prado, who had a stellar 23-point performance in their previous game against NU, only scored 12 points in a tight 20-25, 24-26, 24-26 loss against the Jet Spikers.
Air Force preyed upon Laoag’s problems on the defensive end and notched 49 attack points, while the Power Smashers only converted 37 of 131 tries.
Pamilar also pointed the team was too lax after their semifinal clincher over UP.
“Masyadong nagrelax, ang sabi ko nga masyado kayong kumpyansa dahil tinalo nyo UP noong nakaraan. Hindi ganon ang attitude dyan. Nagpapraktis ‘yan (Air Force), gustong bumawi at gustong umabot ng finals nyan,” he said. “Noong second set yung kalaban namin halos nilabas na ‘yung first six pero natalo kami dahil nagpabaya kami. Hindi pwedeng ganun ang attitude namin.”
On the adjustments needed to even the series and send it to a win-or-go-home match, Pamilar said the team needs extra effort and proper adjustment in their defense pattern and blocking which proved to be the deciding factor in their loss.
“May two days tayo para magpraktis at pag-aralan mga galaw nila. Iyon pa din naman mga player na gagamitin nila. Kailangan lang nating magtyaga.” — By John Chester Fajardo