Altas vs Chiefs as Thompson, Jalalon figure in playmaker duel

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 04, 2015 09:02 AM
Altas vs Chiefs as Thompson and Jalalon duel
FRIENDLY COMPETITION. Scottie Thompson and Jiovani Jalalon lead their teams in a crucial battle for third place.

Games on Friday at the San Juan Arena

12:00 PM – Letran (9-2) vs LPU (3-8)

2:00 PM – EAC (2-9) vs CSB (2-9)

4:00 PM – Perpetual (8-3) vs Arellano (7-4)

Given the keys to the offense, Scottie Thompson and Jiovani Jalalon have steered University of Perpetual Help and Arellano University, respectively, nowhere but among the top four throughout the 91st Season of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

The Altas and the Chiefs dispute the third spot in the standings as Thompson and Jalalon battle once more over who's the best playmaker in the league on Friday at the San Juan Arena.

The duel between the clear-cut top two playmakers banner at 4:00 PM another three-games-in-one-day offering from the country’s oldest collegiate league.

Thompson got the better of his good friend and playmaking rival when they clashed in the first round. Leading the Altas to a 9-3 record and with four triple-doubles to his name, the reigning MVP needs to double his effort even more to garner the same result this time around especially with rookie stud Bright Akhuetie a gametime decision.

Jalalon’s numbers haven't been too shabby either as the Chiefs’ floor leader has turned in three 20-point outings in a row to go along with double-digit assists. Still, Arellano has dropped two of the last three with their other gunners struggling to find consistency.

Meanwhile, Colegio de San Juan de Letran aims for a share of first against Intramuros rival Lyceum of the Philippines University at 12:00 PM.

Both of the Knights’ two losses in 11 games have come at the hands of bottom four teams – a group which includes a dangerous Pirate squad which has won two of the last three coming from a 1-7 standing.

While Topex Robinson’s crew is more than capable to become the third team to beat them, Aldin Ayo’s “magulo-loving” boys have extra motivation in trying to keep pace with archrival San Beda who currently stands alone at the top of leaderboard.

In the day's other game at 2:00 PM, Emilio Aguinaldo College and College of St. Benilde contest the right to move out of the bottom of the standings. The Generals and the Blazers are currently tied for ninth and tenth spots with identical 2-9 records. 

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