Jalalon paves way for Chiefs' fourth straight win
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 24, 2015 06:48 PM
PLAYMAKER. Jiovani Jalalon scored only eight points, but created the opportunity for 16 of his teammates' baskets.
Arellano University started the 91st Season of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on the wrong foot as they looked far from the explosive squad their talented lineup promised to be.
The Chiefs proved their opener was an aberration with another offensive outburst to bury the San Sebastian College-Recoletos Golden Stags, 104-92, and claim their fourth win in a row on Friday at the San Juan Arena.
Jiovani Jalalon kept making plays with a career-best 16 assists to go along with eight points, six rebounds, and three steals as Arellano shot their way to a share of second spot via a total of 14 triples.
Both teams were going at it with the Chiefs only ahead by a single basket, 69-66, entering the last 10 minutes until Jalalon set up a 35-point fourth quarter explosion their opponents were unable to match.
Dioncee Holts topped the scoring for Arellano with 21 points while four other players had 13 points apiece. "We're improving, but I saw what we need to work on din," a happy, but non-complacent coach Jerry Codiñera said in his post-game conference.
Bradwyn Guinto pounded in 26 points and 18 rebounds for the Golden Stags who fell to 1-4.
ARELLANO 104 - Holts 21, Nicholls 13, Gumaru 13, Enriquez 13, Salado 13, Zamora 9, Jalalon 8, Ortega 5, Bangga 4, Meca 3, Cadavis 2, Ongolo 0, Tano 0
SAN SEBASTIAN 92 - Guinto 26, Calisaan 20, Ortuoste 17, Costelo 9, Pretta 9, Fabian 5, Bragais 2, David 2, Mercado 2, Sibal 0, Vera 0, Capobres 0
QUARTER SCORES: 23-21, 43-39, 69-66, 104-92
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