BACOOR CITY – After posting back-to-back victories, Foton marches to warpath anew as it tackles dangerous Cignal in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Tuesday at the Bacoor Strike Gym here.
Action kicks off at 7 p.m. with the Tornadoes hunting their fourth win to keep their spot at the upper half of the standings of this prestigious women’s club tourney bankrolled by Team Rebel Sports, SOGO, Eurotel, PCSO, Cocolife, UCPB Gen, Mueller, Senoh, Asics, Bizooku and One Sport.
Meanwhile, Petron and Generika-Ayala clash for the solo second spot in the 4:15 p.m. battle.
With Filipino-American Kalei Mau doing damage, F2 Logistics remains on top of the standings with six straight victories while Petron and Generika-Ayala are tied for second with a 4-1 win-loss mark.
Foton is at third with 3-3 while Cignal and PLDT Home Fibr are trying to catch up with 2-3 and 2-4 cards, respectively.That makes the battle between Foton and Cignal very exciting as the Tornadoes are looking to stretch their winning streak to three to join the heavyweights on top of the leaderboard as this tourney that also has ESPN5 and Kapatid TV5 as broadcast partners enters the crucial stretch of the first round of eliminations.
Tornadoes’ coach Aaron Velez said they won’t take the HD Spikers lightly, knowing that they have a deadly brew of veterans in Rachel Anne Daquis and Jovelyn Gonzaga and young guns in Mylene Paat, Alohi Robins-Hardy, May Luna and Norielle Ipac to carry the load.
“We’re taking it slowly and surely. We don’t want to rush ourselves or get top excited,” said Velez, who will bank anew on his tall frontline bannered by Jaja Santiago, Elaine Kasilag, Dindin Manabat and Maika Ortiz.
“It’s good that we’re back on track, but it’s still too early to celebrate. What we need is to put in work and the results – be it good or bad – will surely follow.”
In their previous game, Santiago, Kasilag and Ortiz made good use of their ceiling as they came up with 13 blocks that pushed the Lady Skippers out of their comfort zone en route to an easy win in just 74 minutes of action.
Santiago and Kasilag had 12 points apiece while Ortiz finished with 11 markers.
“It was a win that gave us the momentum,” said Velez. “We’re facing Cignal with high morale. We have to work hard to pull it off and keep this streak going.”