Generals subdue sweep-seeking Altas, secure a Final Four advantage
Mark Escarlote on Jan 08, 2016 12:24 PM
Reigning Most Valuable Player Howard Mojica scored 20 points in Emilio Aguinaldo College's sweep over Perpetual Help.
Emilio Aguinaldo College stopped the rampaging Perpetual Help dead in its tracks in a surprisingly easy fashion.
Simply put, the Altas, who dropped their first match in eight games, just couldn’t find an answer to the defending champion Generals’ main man.
Reigning Most Valuable Player Howard Mojica destroyed the defense of Perpetual not only with his usual explosive attacks but also by getting under the Altas players’ skins to frustrate the Las Pinas-based squad in a blitz, 25-20, 25-22, 25-17, Friday in the 91st NCAA men’s volleyball competition at The Arena in San Juan.
The Generals, who smashed the College of St. Benilde also in a sweep in last year’s championship rematch in their previous outing, closed their elims campaign with eight wins against a single defeat to remain on top of the standing.
EAC cracked the morale of Perpetual as early as the first set when the Generals opened a five-point gap heading into the last stretch of the frame. With the Generals completely taking control of second set and of the match, Perpetual was a broken team marching into the third frame.
The Altas managed to jump to a 5-3 lead only to see EAC mount an 11-2 rally. Mojica pounded Perpetual repeatedly while getting inside the Altas’ heads with his antics each time the other side committed an error or failed to stop his missiles.
There was nothing Perpetual and its head coach Sammy Acaylar could do but shake their heads as the Generals pile up a 22-10 advantage.
“Nag-pursue talaga kami na makuha namin ito and ma-down namin sila para at least lubog sila and saka para maganda ang pwesto namin kasi may talo kami na isa e,” said Mojica, who had another monster game with 20 points coming off 15 kills and five service aces.
He added that they themselves were surprised with the outcome.
“Nakakagulat din. Nagulat din kami sa ginawa namin kasi hindi rin namin in-expect na ganito ang mangyayari kasi ang lakas ng kalaban, wala pang talo,” he said.
Kerth Melliza scored 12 points while Hariel Doguna had eight for EAC.
No Perpetual Help player finished in double figures with skipper Bonjomar Castel tallying only five markers to pace Perpetual.
The loss not only took away the Altas’ chance of advancing outright to the championship round with a thrice-to-beat advantage but also put them in a situation where they have to go into a playoff for the last semis incentive in case CSB (5-2) sweeps its remaining two games and they drop their last assignment on Sunday against Letran.
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