February 28, 2024

'We're getting there': Deanna Wong bares reason for Choco Mucho’s winning streak after beating Nxled


The Choco Mucho Flying Titans extended their winning streak to four games after overpowering the Nxled Chameleons in straight sets, 25-11, 25-20, 25-19, at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City on Tuesday.

The Flying Titans took control from the start of the first set and never looked back, halting every rally the Chameleons tried to mount. The second and third sets were much closer, but it was Choco Mucho who came out on top nonetheless.

Deanna Wong had another solid game as she finished with 20 excellent sets. Sisi Rondina, meanwhile, added a game-high 16 points in Choco Mucho’s victory.

For Wong, the key to the Flying Titans' four-game winning streak has been something they’ve been touting ever since the start of the conference.

“I think the things that’s really working for us is the system of coach Dante (Alinsunurin),” Wong said during the postmatch interview. “Sinusundan talaga namin ‘yung instructions niya, ‘yung training, and siyempre ‘yung chemistry namin sa team.”

But, of course, Wong also admitted that the team will still need to improve on some aspects if it wants to secure a spot in the semifinals.

“I think game by game we’re getting there, pero siyempre a lot has to be improved, a lot has to be worked on, so nandyan naman ‘yung coaches at mga teammates na mag-ga-guide sa amin sa isa’t isa, so it’s really about having each other’s backs,” said Wong.

Assistant coach Jesse Lopez, meanwhile, had nothing but praises for the Choco Mucho’s star setter, who has been showing a new kind of form under Alinsunurin’s system.

“Nung pumunta kami dito sa Choco Mucho ni Coach Dante, nakitaan ko talaga ng potential 'yung bata kasi si Deanna talaga galing din sa champion team 'yan, so talagang may dugong champion 'yan,” Lopez said during the postmatch press conference.

“Nakaka-proud kasi nakikita ko 'yung hirap niya sa training na ginagawa and then dito sa game lumalabas,” he added.

With the victory, the Flying Titans are now tied for second place in the standings with a 4-1 record. Up next for them will be the Akari Chargers on November 11 at the PhilSports Arena.

Nxled, meanwhile, will look to get back on track as they face the Chery Tiggo Crossovers on November 9 also at the PhilSports Arena.

(With reports from Jamie Velasco, One Sports Digital)