SAN JUAN City – Arellano University booted out defending champion San Beda College from the 2016 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup thanks to a strong fourth period, 86-79, Tuesday (June 7) at the San Juan Arena. Jiovani Jalalon turned in another memorable performance with a near triple-double to push the Chiefs into the semifinals for the first time in tournament history.
The Red Lions looked to wrap up matters early and scored the first 11 points of the fourth period to lead comfortably, 69-59. Suddenly, the Chiefs responded with a 17-0 run anchored on two triples from Zach Nicholls and the inside forays of Dioncee Holts to grab the upper hand, 77-69, at the two-minute warning.
Content with setting up and facilitating for his teammates during the pivotal run, Jiovani Jalalon stepped up against the pressure and proceeded to ice the game from the free throw line as San Beda resorted to a fouling spree to buy time.
“We have had a good summer so far by doing well here at FilOil and the other tournaments we joined,” said Coach Jerry Codinera. “Our outside shots were not falling so we had to turn to our defense.”
For his part, Jalalon downplayed the win. “Coach told us to focus just on the game today and forget first about the coming NCAA,” he said.
Still, Jalalon let his game do more of the talking by submitting 21 points on top of eight rebounds, 10 assists and five steals. Holts supported him with nine of his 16 points in the fourth period to go with nine rebounds while Nicholls also had 16 points via four triples.
Donald Tankoua led San Beda with 20 points and 16 rebounds but it was not enough to prevent the Red Lions from missing the semifinals for the first time. Dan Sara was next with 16 points while Javee Mocon had a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds.
The Chiefs will now face Group A top seed National University in the semifinals this Friday (June 10). The Bulldogs defeated the Adamson University Soaring Falcons in their quarterfinal meeting, 65-57.
How They Scored:
ARELLANO (86) – Jalalon 21, Nicholls 16, Holts 16, Flores 10, Salado 8, Canete 7, Meca 4, Cadavis 4, Villoria 0, Ongolo-Ongolo 0, Gumaru 0, Enriquez 0, Abanes 0, Gupilan 0, Aguilar 0.
SAN BEDA (79) – Tankoua 20, Sara 16, Bolick 15, Mocon 15, Tongco 5, Presbitero 4, Noah 2, Soberano 1, Oftana 1, Carlos 0, Bonsubre 0, Potts 0, Navarro 0.
Period Scores: 20-17, 36-37, 59-58, 86-79.