Ramil de Jesus lauds Tina Salak for sparking Army’s near comeback

It’s a sweep in the first round for F2 Logistics and head coach Ramil de Jesus said their team got more than what they bargained for.

In a battle of unbeaten teams, the Cargo Movers survived a heart-stopping 5-set thriller against RC Cola-Army in a finals-like atmosphere at the FilOil Flying V Centre Saturday night.

“Ang habol namin yung pumasok sa top four, hindi namin in-expect na makakaabot kami ng ganito na 7-0,” De Jesus said in a post-game interview. “Siguro reward na lang sa mga ginagawa ng mga bata.”

It looked like a no-contest early as F2 took a commanding 2-0 set lead, before the Lady Troopers fought back and gained momentum to send the match to a deciding frame.

The veteran tactician lauded setter Tina Salak, who turned things around for RC Cola-Army when she entered the game in the third set.

“Kilala naman natin si Tina e, talagang iba na yun, nagmane-obra, nagtimon ng isang team,” said De Jesus. “Yung mahirap na bola napapadali nya para sa spikers, medyo doon kami nahirapan mag-adjust.”

But the Cargo Movers’ youth worked wonders in the payoff period, as De Jesus noted the Lady Troopers looked tired and weary after mounting a big comeback. — By John Chester Fajardo