SAN JUAN City – Arellano University got the better of Emilio Aguinaldo College, 79-72, at the 2016 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup at the San Juan Arena Wednesday (May 4). The Chiefs unleashed too much firepower in the first half and just saved enough to hold off the Generals’ late rally.
Despite scoring only a basket in the fourth period, Jiovani Jalalon inflicted the damage on the Generals throughout the first three periods and finished with 18 points. Zach Nicholls also made his mark by scattering 10 markers as the Chiefs built several 17-point lead and took the half, 40-34.
The Generals came to their closest with three minutes to go, 69-73, after a triple by Jorem Morada and a free throw by Igee King. EAC’s offense then went cold as rookie Lervin Flores and Dioncee Holts hit back-to-back field goals to ice the contest with 30 ticks on the clock, 79-69.
Hamadou Laminou paced the Generals with 16 points and six rebounds but was a non-factor in the fourth period. Francis Munsayac chipped in 14 followed by Morada and Sidney Onwubere with 12 markers apiece.
“I tried to field in as much players as possible because I am experimenting and looking for combinations,” said Coach Jerry Codinera. “I want to give everyone a chance to feel the prestige of playing in a tournament like this and see how they respond.”
The Chiefs are fielding a lot of holdovers from last season’s squad that barely missed the semifinals of the last NCAA season. The Generals finished at the bottom of the standings with two wins in 18 games and has brought in Coach Aris Sison from their Juniors team to replace Andy de Guzman.
How They Scored:
ARELLANO (79) – Jalalon 18, Nicholls 10, Canete 9, Gumaru 8, Enriquez 7, Salado 5, Flores 5, Rivera 4, Aguilar 4, Meca 2, Holts 2, Filart 2, Gupilan 2, Viloria 1, Ongolo-Ongolo 0, Cadavis 0, Abanes 0, Alcoriza 0.
EMILIO AGUINALDO (72) – Laminou 16, Munsayac 14, Onwubere 12, Morada 12, Guzman 6, King 4, Pascua 2, Diego 2, Estacio 2, Mendoza 1, Corilla 1, Aguas 0.
Period Scores: 26-15, 40-34, 66-53, 79-72.