SAN JUAN City – Arellano University picked up its second win in three games in continuing action Friday from the 12th FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup at the FilOil Flying V Centre by spanking Lyceum of the Philippines University, 93-76. Bucking a slow start, the Chiefs turned it up in the second period and never looked back to coast to the victory.
The Chiefs turned to veteran Michael Canete who scored 11 of his 17 points as the starting center in the first half on top of 12 rebounds and three steals. Kraniel Villoria starred in the second half with a total of 19 points, five rebounds, six assists and three steals for a pair of performances that earned the praise of Coach Jerry Codinera.
“Kraniel was stuffing the statistics in all departments but his defense was very good today,” said Coach Codinera. “I can say the same for Michael, we now need to identify players that will complement his game.”
The Pirates drew a surprise performance from rookie center Germy Mahinay who had 11 points in the first half but lost steam in the second to end up with 15 points. Casper Pericas tried to pick up the scoring slack in the second half and matched Mahinay’s total with 15 points followed by Reymar Caduyac with 13 points.
“My mandate is to win games and I hate losing,” added Coach Codinera”. “It is a big deal for us to win against Lyceum because it gives us an indication of where we are right now as the NCAA draws nearer.”
Meanwhile, Zachary Huang of University of Santo Tomas defeated Sean Neri of Emilio Aguinaldo College, 15-6, at the Hanes 1-on-1 King of the Hardcourt. Huang replaced original entry Jordan Sta. Ana as he used his height advantage to overpower the much smaller Neri.
How They Scored:
ARELLANO (93) – Villoria 19, Canete 17, de la Torre 16, Sera Josef 10, de la Cruz 7, Bayla 5, Camacho 5, Chavez 4, Alcoriza 4, Concepcion 2, Abdurassad 2, Abanes 2, Ongolo Ongolo 0, Cahigas 0, Sacramento 0, Alban 0, Dumagan 0, Codinera 0.
LYCEUM (76) – Pericas 15, Mahinay 15, Caduyac 13, Tansingco 10, Remulla 10, Guinto 6, Salo 5, Ibanez 1, Cunanan 1, Barbero 0.
Period Scores: 21-25, 46-41, 72-63, 93-76,