Petron still in ‘experimental stage,’ says coach George Pascua

Petron coach George Pascua called their most recent loss a ‘wake-up call’ after bowing to F2 Logistics in the PSL All-Filipino Conference Tuesday in Batangas City.

The Tri-Activ Spikers came out flat and got plastered in the fourth frame of a 25-15, 19-25, 25-19, 25-9 defeat to the league leaders, their second straight after 4 consecutive wins.

“Wake-up call sa amin yun,” said Pascua to FOX Sports . “Sabi nga nila, di araw-araw Pasko, pero pipilitin namin makarecover so lesson learned yung nangyari.”

Petron had 33 unforced errors, giving the Cargo Movers free point after free point in their fourth-set meltdown.

Pascua tried to salvage the situation by experimenting with his rotation, opting to sit out struggling Aiza Maizo-Pontillas in favor of reserves like Mina Aganon.

This gamble, however, failed to materialize for the Tri-Activ Spikers as F2 Logistics simply steamrolled past them en route to their sixth triumph.

Now in third with a 4-2 record, Pascua wants his players to continuously learn and gear up for the playoffs, where they are likely to meet formidable foes like the Cargo Movers and RC Cola-Army again.

“Nasa stage pa kami ng experimental, tinitingnan namin kung saan magfifit yung players,” he said. “Pagdating ng semis, dapat lahat smooth sailing.” — By Jason Mercene