Navigators upend Jaguars for top spot-A A +A
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
SAINT LOUIS University came sweeping the men's volleyball after disposing University of the Cordilleras at the close of the eliminations in the Baguio - Benguet Educational Athletic League season 27.
The Navigators came up strong playing in front of the their home court at the at the Prince Bernhard gym Tuesday afternoon as the UC Jaguars find only a little luck to match up against the defending champions.
Lucky Brian Biscocho scored a game high 14 points for the Navigators, who subdued the the Cordilleras Jaguars, 22-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-20 in yet another impressive performance from SLU.
Navigator head coach Gerald Peralta said it was a glorious win for the team bringing with them the winning momentum right from the start of the season.
"Malaking advantage ito para sa amin, lalo sa next round ng semis at hopefully sa finals," said Peralta.
"Gusto kong bigyan ng appreciation ang UC kasi ang ganda ng laro nila, napahirapan kami at sa naranasan namin with the game so if ever magharap ulit kami sa finals dun kami makakapag-adjust," Peralta added.
The Navigators squandered the first set as the Jaguars rally to finish first behind Mark Anthony Ibanez, Cesar Cadwising, and Jhenar Tulingan dominating the floor for UC.
But the Navigators staged a comeback fuelled by the home crowd during the second set, as Mark Lloyd Miguel, Biscocho, and Leonard Cruz chipping in 17 points to call it even against UC.
It was all too close as none of either team went far from one, recording a total of eight deadlocks during the third set, but SLU proved to be the more dominant team not letting the adversaries pulled up by the Jaguars.
The Jaguars sought to stage a comeback at the fourth set but it was a little too late as the Navigators shook them off to trail behind with SLU controlling the floor, ending the game in a classic finish.
"Dinepensahan lang namin yung homecourt namin, siyempre malaki ang epekto nito sa morale ng team sa pag-defend sa finals," said Biscocho.
"Alam na namin na nagawa namin na talununin lahat sa eliminations, so andun na yung checking sa adjustments para manalo at magawa ulit na iuwi ang championship," added Biscocho. (Mark Victor Pasagoy)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 26, 2013.