July 15, 2024

Coach Oliver Almadro shrugs off Petro Gazz loss, ready for Game 3 showdown with PLDT

Coach Oliver Almadro shrugs off Petro Gazz loss, ready for Game 3 showdown with PLDT

After dropping the first set, the PLDT High Speed Hitters went on a rampage and dragged the Petro Gazz Angels to a do-or-die game in the semifinals of the PVL All-Filipino Conference. In the opening stanza, it looked like the Angels were ready to punch a ticket into the last dance, but the High Speed Hitters led by Jovie Prado and Mich Morente turned things around in the next three frames.

Petro Gazz coach Oliver Almadro seemed to have a firm grasp of why his players weren’t able to sustain their strong start.

“They (Petro Gazz) waited. They thought the game will just finish on its own,” Coach O said after the game.

Almadro was pretty calm after the loss. He even sounded confident heading into Game 3. Perhaps he expects the Angels to take the setback on the chin, and hit back.

“I know my players will bounce back. I know they acknowledged and accepted what happened. So, that is the main point there. I just told them to accept and acknowledge what happened. And then take the next step again and move forward,” the Petro Gazz mentor told One Sports.

Should the Angels display the same positive attitude as their coach suggests, they might just wrestle the momentum away from the High Speed Hitters. With that, the veteran tactician added a few more things that his squad should prepare for in Game 3.

“We have to really bounce back, and manage first our own expectations para at least, going into Game 3, we know what to do already. And we adjusted in terms of totality of our character.”

The sudden-death match between PLDT and Petro Gazz takes place this Thursday, March 23.

(With reports from One Sports/Jamie Velasco)

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