SAN JUAN City – The expected fireworks fizzled out as University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta waylaid Arellano University, 80-72, in a meeting of undefeated teams Friday (May 13) at the 2016 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup at the San Juan Arena. Both varsities entered the game toting similar 3-0 win-loss cards in a share of the leadership of Group A.
Last year’s tournament Most Valuable Player Bright Akhuetie alternated with Prince Eze in dominating the inside and Gab Dagangon bombed away from the perimeter to give the Altas a commanding 44-30 advantage at the half. “We have no problem with scoring, we joined the FilOil to test our defense,” said Coach Nic Omorogbe.
Their defense was indeed tested at the start of the second half as Jiovani Jalalon and Allen Enriquez conspired in an opening 11-2 that put the Chiefs at their closest, 41-46. Timely makes by Akhuetie and Dagangon allowed the Altas to cling to a reduced 61-53 edge entering the final 10 minutes.
By then, the Altas moved to deliver the jugular as AJ Coronel, Jon Yuhico and GJ Ylagan combined for 10 unanswered points for an imposing 71-53 lead. The Chiefs never recovered as the Altas chalked up their fourth win in as many games.
Akhuetie powered the Altas with 19 points and 13 rebounds while Ylagan and Dagangon supported him with 14 points each. “No doubt Bright is the best player in the NCAA, he just has to involve his teammates more,” observed Coach Omorogbe.
Kent Salado topped the Chiefs with 15 points as they absorbed their first defeat of the tournament. Jiovani Jalalon bucked the effects of a cut on his eyebrow in their last game against Saint Benilde to contribute 13 points while Dioncee Holts added 10.
How They Scored:
PERPETUAL HELP (80) – Akhuetie 19, Ylagan 14, Dagangon 14, Singontiko 9, Coronel 8, Eze 8, Pido 3, Sadiwa 2, Yuhico 2, Dizon 1, Lucente 0, Hao 0.
ARELLANO (72) – Salado 15, Jalalon 13, Holts 10, Enriquez 9, Villoria 5, Nicholls 4, Gupilan 4, Abanes 3,Meca 2, Gumaru 2, Canete 2, Flores 2, Alcoriza 1, Rivera 0, Ongolo-Ongolo 0, Cadavis 0, Aguilar 0.
Period Scores: 24-16, 44-30, 61-53, 80-72.