Arellano keeps Benilde reeling with sixth loss in a row
Lervin Flores (26) manned the paint for Arellano, coming up with nine rebounds and six blocks to add to his team-high 16 points.
The Arellano University Chiefs sent the College of St. Benilde Blazers to their sixth straight loss after scoring a close 67-63 victory Friday at the Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Center Lervin Flores led the way for the Chiefs with 16 points, nine rebounds and six rejections, while Kraniel Villoria stepped up with 14 points and five assists.
The win also helped Arellano avoid a losing skid as they improve to a 2-4 win-loss record in the FilOil Premier Cup.
With Benilde breathing down Arellano’s neck down the stretch, Villoria came up with an impressive sequence in the last three minutes of the game that saw him hit a three, come up with a steal, and then an assist to give the Chiefs a 67-58 lead with 1:30 to go.
The Blazers however, ignited by a triple by Emmanuel San Juan, went on a 5-0 run but ultimately fell short after J.J. Domingo missed two free throws that would’ve put the game closer.
Even after seeing their nine-point lead nearly vanish, Arellano head coach Jerry Codiñera is still appreciative of the win.
“Anything that will give us positive input is always welcome,” he said, “Malaking bagay na sa’kin yun.
“We’ll find a way pa rin na siyempre mag-improve kami, buti ngayon may mga nag-step up na players,” Codiñera added.
The game was wire-to-wire all the way to the third quarter that saw the Chiefs hold on to a 51-49 lead heading into the payoff period.
Benilde’s Senegalese big man Clement Leutcheu had his way inside, leading all scorers with 17 points while pulling own 10 boards. San Juan chipped in 10 markers of his own as the Blazers drop to a 1-6 slate.
ARELLANO (67) - Flores 16, Villoria 14, Nichols 9, Enriquez 6, Meca 6, Canete 6, Taywan 5, Rivera 3, Ongolo Ongolo 1, Abanes 1, Salado 0, Concepcion 0, Aguilar 0, De Guzman 0, Padilla 0, Chavez 0, Filart 0.
BENILDE (63) - Leutcheu 17, San Juan 10, Pili 6, Belgica 6, Naboa 5, Haruna 4, Mercado 4, Domingo 3, Dixon 3, Sta. Maria 2, Johnson 2, Velasco 1, Castor 0, Young 0, Bunyi 0.
13-10, 36-31, 51-49, 67-63.