SAN JUAN City – Arellano University further complicated the playoff picture of the 91st National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament after crushing defending champion San Beda College, 91-72, last Thursday (October 1) at the San Juan Arena. The win boosted the Chiefs’ chances of landing a twice to beat advantage while the Red Lions bungled their chance to earn the advantage outright.
Jiovani Jalalon set the tone early by firing the first seven points of the game then added four more to complete the Chiefs’ first period romp, 27-18. The Chiefs never allowed San Beda to at least tie the game nor come close.
Jalalon was not done as he continued to pepper San Beda with timely hits in the second and third cantos. By then, Arellano held a commanding 73-56 cushion entering the final period.
The win came after the Chiefs dropped their last two games against Mapua Tech (76-81) and Letran (81-87). “This game really showed the players character coming from the two losses, they really want to make the Final Four,” said Coach Jerry Codinera after they defeated their tormentors in last season’s finals for the second time in a row.
Jalalon had another superb all-around game with 25 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. Allen Enriquez followed with 15 points, seven coming in the final period.
Ola Adeogun paced the Red Lions with 17 points and seven rebounds. Art de la Cruz was next with 10 points as no other Red Lion tallied twin digits.
In the Juniors Division, the defending champion Red Cubs moved to within one game of registering an 18-game clean sweep of the elimination round by coming from behind to thwart the Arellano Braves, 80-76. The Red Cubs will play the also-ran Letran Squires for their 18th and final assignment next week.
Samuel Abuhijleh scored six points in the fourth period en route to 23 points on top of 13 rebounds. JM Lagumen backed him up with 11.
Carlo Abadeza led the Braves with 24 point and 10 rebounds. Lars Sunga was next with 19 markers.
Meanwhile, the College of Saint Benilde Blazers clipped the Lyceum Pirates, 59-56. The La Salle Green Hills Greenies kept their playoff chances alive by beating the Lyceum-Cavite Junior Pirates, 81-66.
How They Scored:
SAN BEDA-RIZAL (80) – Abuhijleh 23, Bordeos 13, Lagumen 11, Nelle 10, Alfaro 8, Tagala 5, Velasquez 5, de la Rosa 5, Etrata 0, Bonalos 0.
ARELLANO (76) – Abadeza 24, Sunga 19, Espiritu 13, Tamayo 7, Battaler 5, de la Torre 4, Calapine 2, Danas 2, Dularte 0, Fornis 0.
Period Scores: 22-15, 42-41, 62-65, 80-76.
ARELLANO (91) – Jalalon 25, Enriquez 15, Meca 11, Holts 10, Salado 10, Gumaru 9, Cadavis 6, Nicholls 5, Capara 0, Bangga 0, Ongolo Ongolo 0, Ortega 0, de Guzman 0, Zamora 0, Tano 0.
SAN BEDA (72) – Adeogun 17, de la Cruz 10, Mocon 8, Soberano 7, Koga 6, Tankoua 6, Tongco 6, Amer 4, Reyes 2, Bonsubre 2, Presbitero 2, Sorela 2, Cabanag 0, Sara 0, Sedillo 0.
Period Scores: 27-18, 48-37, 73-56, 91-72.