SAN JUAN City – Arellano University reclaimed the second spot of the standings by trashing Jose Rizal University, 89-69, in continuing action from the 92nd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the San Juan Arena Friday (August 5). This marks the Chiefs’ fourth straight win for a 7-2 win-loss card to close out the first round.
“We clamped down defensively on (Paolo) Pontejos and (Bernabe) Teodoro by limiting their touches,” explained Coach Jerry Codinera. True enough, the ploy reaped dividends as the usually prolific duo finished with only four markers apiece.
That was the cue of Arellano to run away behind the early conversions of Lervin Flores, Jiovani Jalalon, surprise starter Kraniel Villoria and sixth man Kent Salado to erect an imposing 47-27 lead at halftime. The Chiefs were unrelenting and stretched their lead to as high as 28 markers late in the third period, 87-59.
Jalalon put the finishes touches on the blowout with 13 of his 23 points in the fourth period on top of seven assists. Salado added 13 points while Flores scored all his 12 points in the first half along with grabbing eight rebounds.
Abdoul Poutouochi was the lone Heavy Bomber in twin digits with 15 points in only 14 minutes of action. Razak Abdulwahab, Mark Cruz, Paolo Evardo and Ervin Grospe contributed seven points each as they dropped to 3-5 and one game remaining against season host San Beda College on August 9 (Tuesday).
Coach Codinera was satisfied with his Chiefs’ performance in the first round. “We will try to get as many wins as possible in the second round because San Beda is still undefeated and they might just sweep the eliminations so we have to prepare for the possibility of a stepladder playoff,” he added.
How They Scored:
ARELLANO (89) – Jalalon 23, Salado 13, Flores 12, Villoria 9, Nicholls 6, Enriquez 6, Holts 5, Meca 4, Cadavis 4, Zamora 4, Gumaru 2, Canete 1, Aguilar 0, Rivera 0, Gupilan 0.
JOSE RIZAL (69) – Poutouochi 15, Cruz 7, Abdulwahab 7, Evardo 7, Grospe 7, Dada 5, Pontejos 4, Teodoro 4, de la Virgen 3, de la Paz 3, Mendoza 3, Astilla 2, Lasquety 2, Salaveria 0, Caballero 0.
Period Scores: 20-14, 47-27, 61-44, 89-69.