THE veteran spikers of Dumangas, Iloilo took Game 1 of the Best-of-Three finals series of the Biron Cup Inter-municipality Volleyball tournament at the expense of Pavia, 25-20, 25-17, 25-19, at the Dumangas covered gym last June 10, 2018.
The men’s team of Dumangas filled up their gas and buckled down to business early to get the high-spirited team Pavia out of their usual game.
Chino Palmares finished with four attacks and nine winning blocks.
Dumangas will try to close the deal and retain the title in Game 2 of the finals on June 17.
Pavia dropped their first game with University of San Agustin (USA) standout Ray Betita limited to only eight points.
In the women’s category, the municipality of San Miguel built its momentum by winning Game 1 of the finals at the expense of defending champions from Pavia, 16-25 25-17 25-21 25-15.
The team was led by Central Philippine University stalwart Dessa Puyo who finished with 13 points, nine attacks, three aces, and a block.
Pinky Salavante added 11 markers, six attacks, three, blocks, and two aces for the winners.
Team San Miguel was sluggish in the first set but managed to win the remaining sets.
Team Pavia was out of synch what with their 40 unforced errors.
Last year’s MVP Glaudine Troncoso and CPU high school standout Eunice Guevarra led Pavia with 11 points each while Dela Cuadra added five blocks out of her nine points. They will try to bounce back on Game 2 on Sunday to force a do-or-die Game 3.
In the Biron Cup Inter-municipality basketball tournament, Oton unseated defending champion Sara Warriors in a thrilling semis square off, 79-78, at the Passi City Arena also on June 10.
With 5.8 seconds left, Sara was leading by 1 point, but Oton’s Bimbo Doliguez converted the much-needed jumper to regain the lead.
Even with no timeouts left, Sara still had a chance to win the game with 3.5 seconds remaining, but they lost the ball to the sidelines to give Oton the victory.
Dumangas will face Oton in the Best-of-Three championship series after they escaped with a 76-72 win over Passi City.
The first game of the finals is set on June 16 at the Passi City Arena.