Short Final Four off the ground as quick start is key

Creamline Cool Smashers’ Tots Carlos. –PVL PHOTO

Their heels cooled after making the playoffs early, the Creamline Cool Smashers return to the floor on Thursday to get their Grand Slam wheels greased and going again when they collide with Petro Gazz in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference (PVL) at PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

And Creamline coach Sherwin Meneses, who has always said that the playoffs already bring added pressure in itself, knows what his gritty, star-studded charges need to do moving forward starting with the 2:30 p.m. game.

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“There’s always pressure in the semis, and that’s the thing we need to conquer,” Meneses said in Filipino as he knows that his Cool Smashers, since the start, have been playing with the proverbial bull’s eye behind their backs with everyone wanting to be the Triple Crown party spoiler.

“Good thing is that we were able to get some rest while the other teams were still playing,” he added. “I just hope we can take advantage of that.”

Creamline has the edge on paper with a local lineup that is loaded on all fronts and an import in Yeliz Basa who is willing to do what it takes to win—even taking the back seat at times.