After suffering their first loss in more than a year, Tots Carlos made sure to lift Creamline’s spirits with a victory on Saturday night.
Carlos dropped 25 big points on 23 attacks, a block, and an ace in the Cool Smashers’ 25-22, 25-14, 25-22 victory over Choco Mucho at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
The 24-year-old UP product’s monster performance came two days after Creamline’s four-set loss to Cignal in Laguna.
“Especially syempre galing kami from a loss, ‘di ba? So we really wanna bawi this time and really win every game,” said the reigning Open Conference Most Valuable Player.
“For me personally, I really want to uplift yung morale ng team and so far nagiging maganda naman yung results so I’m really happy with the results and I’m really happy din na nakikita niyo na yung good vibes.”
According to Carlos, the coaching staff led by head coach Sherwin Meneses quickly reminded them what they’re capable of right after the loss to the HD Spikers.
Moreover, Meneses urged them to move on and focus on the task which is Choco Mucho.
“Di rin kasi nagkulang sa paalala sila coach na we’re a champion team and we know better and magaling kami so yun lagi yung paalala nila sa amin so yun lang,” Carlos shared.
Creamline, who tied PLDT at the second spot with identical 3-1 slates, last suffered a loss in the Game Three of the 2021 Open Conference finals.
The Cool Smashers then bounced back in the next conference, sweeping the entire 2022 Open Conference before winning their first two games in the Invitations that resulted to a 10-game winning streak.
This time around, Carlos knows that they cannot let up anymore as there are two foreign teams waiting for them in the semis.