The true value of “Spanish rookie” Antonio Montes (NH Nonghyup Card) is being shown in the PBA team league. He saved the team from the crisis with his unique calm just before the defeat of “Reverse Sweep.”
NH Nonghyup Card won a new set-score 4-3 against Blue One Resort in the second day of the third round of the “Welcome Savings Bank PBA Team League 2023-2024 Season” held at Goyang KINTEX PBA Stadium in Goyang, Gyeonggi-do on the 15th. Even after winning the first three sets, they were on the verge of defeat, but Montes beat Um Sang-pil in the sixth set to lead the team to victory.
Until the third set of the game, NH Nonghyup Card, which won 4:0 against SY, the winner of the second round the previous day, was expected to win easily. Starting with Cho Jae-ho and Kim Hyun-woo’s 11-10 (8 innings) one-point victory over David Zapata (Spain) and Chan Chapak (Turkiye), NH Nonghyup Card beat Kim Min-young and Seo Han-sol 9-5 (9 innings) in the second set, and Maminkam (Vietnam) also turned Zapata 15-6 in seven innings to widen the set.
Blue One, which was driven to defeat, started chasing after Kang Min-koo and Srong Piabi (Cambodia) with a new victory over Oh Sung-wook and Kim Bo-mi by 9-8 (9 innings) in the mixed doubles in the fourth set. Immediately, Kang Min-gu swept nine “finishing high-runs” against Cho Jae-ho in three innings in the fifth set, winning 11-2 in the sixth set, and Srong won 9:7 (8 innings) with five high-runs against Kim Min-ah and balanced the set score 3-3.
In the last seven sets, Blue One was played by “leader” Um Sang-pil, and NH Nonghyup Card was played by “PBA Rookie of the Year” Montes last season. Eom Sang-pil led 9-6 first with three points in the fourth inning while facing 6-6 until the third inning. Montes, however, calmly accumulated the score with his unique calmness. Including his first attack bank shot, he ended the 11-9 game with five points of “finishing high-run.”
As a result, NH Nonghyup Card won all of Blue One Resort until the third round of this season, proving its “natural enemy” with three consecutive wins, and running for two consecutive wins in the third round. Blue One Resort, on the other hand, swallowed its disappointment just before its second consecutive win.
In other games, High1 Resort and Hana Card won SK Rent-a-Car and SY side by side with a set score of 4-1, 4-2 and ran for two consecutive wins in the third round. Crown Haitai defeated Welcome Savings Bank 4-2, thanks to Lim Jung-sook and Baek Min-joo’s two wins side by side.