ECI Phoenix downs Spartans in CHESAA

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014


EASTER College Inc. Phoenixes strengthened their championship bid in men’s volleyball of the ongoing eliminations round in the 12th Cordillera Higher Education Athletics Association toppling Data Center College of the Philippines.

Back in their winning ways, the ECI Phoenixes eked out a 25-22, 18-25, 25-20 victory Monday morning at the Easter College gym and book a possible seat in the semis.

Kevin Viray and Alex Corpuz took turns into firing different offensive patterns and generated seven points apiece as the Phoenixes now share seat with the erstwhile third placer Spartans.

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The Spartans took an early lead in the first set, 2-7, behind Waller Abance and Alvin Cesario but the Phoenixes quickly bounced back as Remu Sab-it stepped-up for the team and forced to tie the game at 9 all.

With emotions running high off and on the court, the Spartans tried to shake off ECI off the trail forcing errors on the side of their opponents but both teams continued to rally on the floor with the score tied five times more before the Phoenixes rushed to secure the first set’s victory.

High on their momentum, ECI extended their lead at 7-2 early in the second set but was cut short as DCCP was able to tie the game at 13 all.

Easter College tried to regain their composure late in the second set with Viray and Ramonito Paceno leading their squad but the Spartans came up with better game plan to tie the ball game at one set apiece.

Data Center then cruised to an early 0-4 advantage at the decisive set three but it was short lived as the Phoenixes catapulted back to the ball game and lead 11-6 with Corpuz dropping five points for the team.

The Spartans however managed to regroup as Abance answered with spikes of his own to tie the ballgame 13 all. But Sab-it and Paceno was able to strengthen ECI’s defense that led them to score 22-19.

Timothy Balanga then scored another one for DCCP to cut the lead to two, 22-20, but it was the closes the Spartans could get as ECI dropped another five points that pulled them away with the victory.

“Although not perfect, the adjustments made para mag-focus manalo sa game na ito worked, kaya lang naman sila nakuhanan sa second set is that hindi nila nababantayan nang maigi yung hulog nga bola,” said ECI Phoenixes coach Jim Coy-ong.

“Sa next game kailangan maging masipag pa rin, kailangan higpitan palagi ang depensa lalo na sa front court,” Coy-ong closed.

ECI currently shares the third spot with DCCP (2-2) as King’s College of the Philippine Lancers (3-1) lies at second with this season’s biggest leaper Benguet Vocational School (4-0) at the top of the ladder.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 29, 2014.

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