SAN JUAN City – Arellano University kept its flickering playoff hopes alive by slipping past College of Saint Benilde, 67-63, in continuing Group B action from the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup at the FilOil Flying V Centre Friday afternoon (June 2). With only their second win in six games, the Chiefs must win their remaining two assignments in order to the have a shot at the quarterfinals later this month.
Kraniel Villoria, Allen Enriquez and Lervin Flores delivered the crucial baskets in the final five minutes to stave off the Blazers’ repeated rallies. Flores put the Chiefs on top with 1:31 to play, 67-58, as CSB’s final push behind JJ Domingo and Yankie Haruna fell short.
“The balance of power has tilted,” said Coach Jerry Codinera, who steered Arellano to a runner-up finish in last year’s edition. The Chiefs’ campaign has been somewhat of a roller coaster ride as they began the tournament with three straight losses.
Flores powered the Chiefs with 16 points, nine rebounds and six blocks. Villoria added 14 points and five assists.
Clement Leutcheu paced the hard luck Blazers with 17 points and 10 rebounds as they absorbed their sixth straight setback after winning their opening game against Mapua University. Dino San Juan was next with 10 markers.
How They Scored:
ARELLANO (67) – Flores 16, Villoria 14, Nicholls 9, Meca 6, Enriquez 6, Taywan 5, Rivera 3, Ongolo-Ongolo 1, Abanes 1, Concepcion 0, Salado 0, Padilla 0, Filart 0, Chavez 0, Aguilar 0, de Guzman 0.
SAINT BENILDE (63) – Leutcheu 17, San Juan 10, Pili 6, Belgica 6, Naboa 5, Haruna 4, Mercado 4, JJ Domingo 3, Dixon 3, Sta. Maria 2, Johnson 2, Velasco 1, Young 0, Castor 0, Bunyi 0.
Period Scores: 13-10, 36-31, 51-49, 67-63.