March 02, 2024

F2 Logistics primed for breakout season behind new recruit Myla Pablo, comebacking Cha Cruz-Behag

F2 Logistics primed for breakout season behind new recruit Myla Pablo, comebacking Cha Cruz-Behag
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It is way too early, but the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers beating the PLDT High Speed Hitters in their opening game might just be a sign of big things to come for the franchise.

The Cargo Movers leaned on the heroics of new acquisition Myla Pablo and the comebacking Cha Cruz-Behag to build an early two set advantage—25-22, 25-21—in what appeared to be an easy three-setter. And leading the way was Pablo, the two-time league MVP, who scored 7 points in the first set alone and looked very comfortable with her new teammates.

“'Yung F2, matagal na magkakasama, so ako ‘yung nadagdag sa first six,” Pablo pointed out post-game. “Syempre kung ano ‘yung ginagalaw ng team kelangan ko sabayan, especially ako ‘yung inaasahan ng teammates and coaches [ko].”

Cruz-Behag, who returned after a five-year hiatus from the sport to focus on her family, also looked right at home. In fact, it was as if she never left, as she gave the Cargo Movers a lift in their spectacular start.  

The High Speed Hitters, though, regrouped to take the next two sets—14-25, 20-25—and send the game to a deciding fifth set, the first of this young season. But F2 Logistics proved steadier in the decider, relying on holdovers Kim Kianna Dy, Dawn Macandili, and Aby Maraño to eke out the win in the end.

Between Dy, Macandili, Maraño, Pablo, and Cruz-Behag, the Cargo Movers appear to have the talent to make it to the playoffs, if not win it all. And this is a core that will potentially get better moving forward, with Cruz-Behag, for one, vowing to work even harder to get back to the form that earned her the “Ms. Everything” moniker.

“It’s a process. Hindi naman overnight… nandiyan na,” Cruz-Behag said after the game. “I still need to [work] double time every day, and I’m really trying my best in training na makabalik.”

Getting better is, indeed, a process—and it might lead to something big for these Cargo Movers.