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Creamline sends import-less Choco Mucho to brink in cardiac sister team showdown

JR Isaga
Creamline sends import-less Choco Mucho to brink in cardiac sister team showdown

FIERCE. Two-time MVP Tots Carlos and the Creamline Cool Smashers flash their top form.

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Two-time PVL MVP Tots Carlos resurfaces with a monster triple-double as Creamline sends sister team Choco Mucho to the brink of Reinforced Conference elimination

MANILA, Philippines – The Creamline Cool Smashers showed no sisterly love against Choco Mucho as they sent the Flying Titans to the brink of elimination at the PVL Reinforced Conference with a cardiac four-set win, 15-25, 25-20, 25-20, 28-26, at the jampacked Mall of Asia Arena on Thursday, November 17.

Two-time MVP Tots Carlos – who has been seldomly used in this import-laden tilt – showed that she is game-ready any time with a massive triple-double of 25 points with a game-high 6 blocks, 18 excellent receptions, and 16 excellent digs.

Invitational Conference Finals MVP Ced Domingo was likewise nearly unstoppable in the pivotal fourth set as she finished with 15 points off 12 attacks and 3 aces to help lift Creamline to a 7-1 record heading to the semifinals.

Alyssa Valdez added 14 points in the win, while Jia de Guzman rounded out the offense with 24 excellent sets. Creamline practically played all-Filipino from the second set onwards after Yeliz Basa suffered a shoulder injury, just as Choco Mucho also lost import Odina Aliyeva to health protocols.

Creamline looked headed for an easy fourth set clincher after taking a 24-20 lead off the De Guzman 1-2 play. However, the all-Filipino Titans found new fire with their backs against the wall with a 4-0 run, capped with a Bea de Leon score for the 24-all tie.

Choco Mucho even managed to take set point at 26-25 after a De Guzman and Jema Galanza collision, but Carlos scored two straight points to seize back match point before Galanza ended the nerve-wracking affair with a down-the-line ace.

Tolentino paced the loss with 24 points to make up for Aliyeva’s loss while Des Cheng added 17 points, highlighted by a staggering 7 aces that came one short of Valdez’s PVL record of 8.

Now with a 3-4 record, Choco Mucho aims to close out another semis-seeking team in the Cignal HD Spikers (3-3) on Tuesday, November 22, 2:30 pm, at the PhilSports Arena, while Creamline sits back for a one-week breather. – Rappler.com

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