Thompson outduels Jalalon to bring Altas back on right track
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 06, 2015 06:32 PM
PLAYMA-KING. Scottie Thompson proved to have all the answers for Perpetual against Jiovani Jalalon and Arellano.
Jiovani Jalalon owned the initial two quarters, but it was Scottie Thompson who left his mark all over the court in the second half to give University of Perpetual Help its groove back in the NCAA 91 Men's Basketball Tournament.
The reigning MVP tallied four of his 11 points, all seven of his assists, and 10 of his 16 rebounds in the last two quarters to power the Altas through the Arellano University Chiefs, 76-66, on Thursday at the San Juan Arena.
Jalalon posted 12 points, three assists, and four rebounds in the first half to give his Chiefs a 36-32 edge. Thompson then turned it on at the midway mark of the third and led Perpetual into tying the contest at 56 with 7:30 remaining.
From that point, Thompson had two points and two assists in a 7-0 burst that took a 63-56 advantage for Perpetual. Bright Akhuetie then finished the job by pounding in a total of 16 of his 31 points in the final frame, outproducing all of their opponents who only had 14.
Talking about the key to their fourth victory in six games, coach Aric del Rosario said in his post-game conference, “Kinailangan naming mapigilan si Jalalon. Sinabi ko kay (AJ) Coronel, wala kang ibang gagawin kundi trabahuin si Jalalon.”
Arellano was still led by Jalalon who ended with 14 points, three assists, and five rebounds, but was missing the production of Dioncee Holts and Zachary Nicholls who only combined for 15 markers. With the loss, the Chiefs dropped to 4-3 in the season.
PERPETUAL 76 – Akhuetie 31, Thompson 11, Dagangon 11, Eze 8, Coronel 7, Bantayan 3, Gallardo 2, sadiwa 2, Cabiltes 1, Oliveria 0, Dizon 0, Ylagan 0, Tamayo 0, Elopre 0
ARELLANO 66 – Jalalon 14, Enriquez 12, Nicholls 8, Holts 7, Salado 7, Bangga 6, Cadavis 6, Capara 2, Gumaru 2, Ortega 2, Meca 0, Ongolo 0, De Guzman 0, Tano 0
QUARTER SCORES: 18-23, 32-36, 54-52, 76-66
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