Choco Mucho sends Chery Tiggo to brink of elimination

THE Choco Mucho Flying Titans sent the reigning champions, Chery Tiggo Crossovers, to the brink of elimination with a 25-21, 16-25, 25-17, 17-25, 18-16 victory on Sunday night, March 20, 2022, at the Paco Arena and Sports Center.

In a tightly-contested match, it was the Flying Titans that proved steadier as they picked up the win to leave them tied with Cignal for the lead in Group A at 2-0. On the other hand, Chery Tiggo lost for the third straight game. The Crossovers now need to win against Army to move on to the quarterfinal round.

Choco Mucho trailed, 11-13, but Kat Tolentino fired in consecutive hits to tie the game up at 13-all. The two teams exchanged points to tie the game up at 14-all. Mylene Paat then misfired a blast and Shaiya Adorado committed an attack error, allowing the Flying Titans to pick up the win.

“Well, first of all, I thank my players for following the instructions in the late game then I really commend Chery Tiggo,” said Choco Mucho head coach Oliver Almadro. “They came from two losses so they really played well today. The game was tough and luckily, Kat (Tolentino) delivered and we delivered at the right time.”

Tolentino pounded the Crossovers with 23 points built on 19 attacks and four blocks.

Aduke Ogunsanya had 10 points for the Flying Titans while Des Cheng chipped in nine points along with 17 excellent digs and 12 excellent receptions.

Denden Lazaro-Revilla collected 18 digs and 12 receptions while Cebuana Deanna Wong tossed 33 excellent sets laced with two points. Bea De Leon, who sat out the third and fourth sets, had nine markers.

On the other hand, Dindin Santiago-Manabat had 29 points for Chery Tiggo.