Alex Ortiz defended his #13 World Air Hockey Ranking over an improving Luis Cervantes # 21.
The set count was 4 to 3. 24 games for Alex and 16 for Luis.
Luis came out like a lion taking the first two sets. Alex fought back to take the next three sets straight, winning 15 out of 17 straight games.
Did Luis fade like a lamb at slaughter? No. He dug deep and took the sixth set 4 to 3. It was in the seventh game at six to six that Alex bounced the puck into his own goal and lost that set.
The final set saw the veteran Alex refocus and win it 4 to 1, all close games.
Both players showed their athletic powers with Alex in shape for this marathon match by running 6 K’s Runs and Luis displayed smooth moves that once got him a baseball scholarship. Luis is one of the three most improved players in the sport during the past two years.
Not only did both players sharpen their skills for a World Championship to be proposed for here in Houston in October, but Luis won $75 in the Play for Pay Challenge.