North Cotabato AMC swept One Balagtas Bulacan, 25-21, 25-18, 25-15, to claim the No. 2 ranking in men’s Pool B of the Philippine National Volleyball Federation Champions League at the Philsports Arena Thursday.
Jao Umandal scored 12 points, Fauzi Ismail added 10 points, including two service aces while Lloyd Josafat, who was fielded in the second set, contributed eight points for the G-Spikers.
With a 3-1 record, North Cotabato made it to Friday’s knockout quarterfinals of the tournament supported by the Philippine Sports Commission, Rebisco, PLDT, Philippine Olympic Committee, Cignal HD, One Sports, Cignal Play, F2 Logistics and Amigo Segurado.
National University-Pasay City became Pool B winners via 4-0 sweep, capping its domination with a 25-13, 25-16, 25-15 romp of Aklan Wednesday night.
The Republicans were very much in the match in the first two sets, but ran out of steam in the third, as Umandal, Ismail and Wewe Medina delivered the goods, while Cian Silang fired two of his four points from the service zone in the third set.
Also in the quarters are Pool A’s PGJC-Navy and Cignal and Pool C’s TARAG-Lolek Bacolod and Army Taguig City.
Imus City kept its hopes alive as one of the top two best third-place finishers to advance in the quarterfinals following a 25-20, 25-10, 25-15 win over Aklan in the other Pool B match.
The Cavite-based side ended up at 2-2. Santa Rosa, which finished at No. 3 in Pool C with a 2-2 card, remains in the quarters hunt, while Basilan Tennun and VNS Quezon City, tied in third in Pool A at 1-3, still has a shot of making it.
Hero Austria came through with 12 points, including two service aces, while Madz Gampong and Ronniel Rosales had 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Earlier, John Paul Mangahis and John Steven Aligayon combined for 48 points as UE Manila outlasted Baguio, 25-20, 25-14, 25-27, 24-26, 15-12, to wrap up its Pool C campaign with a 1-3 card.