|August 27, 2020||Singles Division||2020|
Chance “The Cobra” Ellison is having a season for the history books. In July, he won the Innergeekdom Tournament. Last Friday, he won the Teams Championship as one half of Korruption. Now, he looks to make his mark on the Singles Division and cement himself as the Player of the Year.
Even still, his opponent, “Diamond” David Del Rio would not make it easy on him.
Ellison (3-3) narrowly edged out Del Rio (1-3) by a score of 21-20 in Sudden Death to survive and advance to the next round of the Ultimate Schmoedown Singles Tournament.
This is Ellison’s third year in the league and his third Ultimate Schmoedown Tournament. Every year prior to this one he was bounced in the first round with hard-fought losses to both Ethan “Big Time” Erwin and William “The Beast” Bibbiani.
“I’m really sick of going into these first-round matches and playing really well and losing in the end,” The Cobra said in his promo prior to the match. “I’m looking to change that.”
That’s exactly what he would go on to do. Ellison started out hot, nailing all 8 questions including the Bonus to jump out to a 9-7 lead at the end of the first round. However, things started to get difficult for The Cobra when he spun the category of Innergeekdom in Round Two, an obvious strength of the Innergeekdom Tournament winner. Ellison was only able to secure 5 PTS in the round, after going 3/4 and relinquishing a 1-point steal to his opponent. With momentum on his side, Del Rio closed the gap in Round Two after going 3/4 for 6 PTS in the category of Dramas to tie the game at 14-14.
“You know the ironic thing is, after the Innergeekdom Tournament, I focused all on other movies, and not Innergeekdom movies,” Ellison explained when asked about his round Two performance. “And if I had kept focused on Innergeekdom movies, I probably would have done better in Round Two. But, you know it doesn’t matter because I’m going to, you know, plug up the holes in my gaps in my knowledge, and continue on to next week.”
Things would stay even in Round Three, as both competitors hit their 2- and 3-pointers but missed their 5-point questions to tie the game at 19-19 at the end of regulation. Then, after two rounds of Sudden Death, Ellison would finally pull ahead of his opponent to get the 21-20 victory.
“He played a great game,” Ellison said of his opponent following the match. “I had a few misses on my part but, hey, in the end, I did what I said I was going to do, I’m going to round two.”
Following the win, Ellison gives Korruption an additional 3 PTS in the standings and gives them sole possession of first place. He advances to take on the winner of “Lightning” Liz Shannon Miller and Rachel “The Switchblade” Silvestrini.
“As much as I love giving Winston Ls, I have not gotten the opportunity to shut that loud mouth, Kate Mulligan,” Ellison said in regards to who he’d rather see in round two. “And I haven’t gotten the opportunity since my debut to shut the even louder mouth of Rachel Silvestrini. So, I’d prefer them, but whoever comes my way, they’re going down.”