Chiefs earn solo fourth as Jalalon runs circles around Lions

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 18, 2015 07:09 PM
Chiefs earn solo fourth as Jalalon runs circles around Lions
BUS COMING THROUGH. Jiovani Jalalon was in total control in the final frame.

Known more as a playmaker, Jiovani Jalalon used the biggest of stages on Tuesday at the San Juan Arena to show he can score as well – and against their Finals tormentors no less.

The third-year rising star still drove his way towards eight assists, but also poured in eight of his 22 points in the final frame as runners-up Arellano University exacted revenge on defending champions San Beda College, 88-84, in Season 91 of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

The Chiefs blasted off ahead with a 30-point opening salvo before the Red Lions got their bearings and surrendered only 25 points in the next two quarters for a 61-55 edge entering the final frame.

It was at that point that the Finals rematch turned into the Jalalon show as his back-to-back triples punctuated an 18-5 surge that regained a 73-66 lead for Arellano. San Beda scored five straight to trim the deficit to two before Jalalon again spearheaded an 11-2 counter to give his team an 84-73 advantage inside the last five minutes.

The Red Lions kept battling and still threatened at 84-86 with 1.3 left, but two free throws from Dioncee Holts iced the Chiefs’ sixth victory in nine games. Holts contributed 21 points, 11 rebounds, and five steals to help last season’s runners-up secure solo fourth after the first round.

Asked what they did differently compared to last year's Finals where they were swept, coach Jerry Codinera said in his post-game conference, “Just play your best and sacrifice your body.”

Dela Cruz and Ola Adeogun combined for 21 points and 21 rebounds which fell short in preventing San Beda slipping to a tie for second and third at 7-2.

BOX SCORES

ARELLANO 88 – Jalalon 22, Holts 21, Salado 14, Enriquez 12, Nicholls 6, Gumaru 5, Cadavis 4, Bangga 2, Tano 2, Capara 0, Meca 0, Ortega 0, Zamora 0

SAN BEDA 84 – Tankoua 20, Sara 16, Dela Cruz 11, Adeogun 10, Koga 8, Tongco 6, Mocon 4, Soberano 3, Reyes 2, Presbitero 2, Sorela 2, Canbanag 0, Bonsubre 0

BOX SCORES: 30-20, 41-37, 55-61, 88-84

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