Jalalon catches fire late to blast Chiefs through Blazers

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 01, 2015 05:35 PM
Jalalon catches fire late to blast Chiefs through Blazers
PLAYMAKER, SCORER. Jiovani Jalalon is showing another side of his game in the second round.

Early in the 91st Season of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, Jiovani Jalalon was evidently out to take the title of best playmaker in the league.

Now in the second round, the third-year guard looks to be adding scoring to his credentials as he tallied his third straight 20-point outing to propel the Arellano University Chiefs past the competitive College of St. Benilde Blazers, 86-82, on Tuesday at the San Juan Arena.

CSB was actually in front and in control of the game after three quarters, 60-55, before the Cagayan De Oro native spearheaded the Chiefs’ 31-point final frame. Jalalon, Dioncee Holts, and Allen Enriquez merged for 24 points in the last 10 minutes to outgun all of their opponents who turned in a total of 22.

Jalalon finished with 20 points, nine assists, and six rebounds to lead six other Arellano players in double-figures. Talking about their seventh win in 11 games, coach Jerry Codiñera said in his post-game conference, “We can't afford to lose. Sabi ko sa kanila, ‘We just have to play our normal game.’”

Jonathan Grey scored 22 points in his return from a one-game absence as the Blazers dropped to 2-9.


ARELLANO 86 – Jalalon 20, Holts 15, Enriquez 14, Salado 12, Nicholls 11, Gumaru 11, Bangga 2, Cadavis 1, Capara 0, Meca 0, De Guzman 0, Zamora 0, Tano 0

CSB 82 – Grey 22, Domingo JJ 16, Saavedra 14, Jonson 13, Nayve 9, Ongteco 5, Fajarito 2, Sta. Maria 1, Deles 0, Castor 0, San Juan 0

BOX SCORES: 16-22, 38-37, 55-60, 86-82


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