Chiefs blitz Pirates all the way to solo third

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 08, 2015 06:28 PM
Chiefs blitz Pirates all the way to solo third
IN CONTROL. "The Bus Driver" has Arellano streaking in the second round of the NCAA.

Now in the heat of the second round of the 91st Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, Arellano University is clearly rounding into form.

Jiovani Jalalon and the Chiefs’ offense was simply unstoppable as they led from start to finish for a 97-83 triumph over the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates on Tuesday at the San Juan Arena.

Arellano scorched the nets from the get-go and scored no less than 20 points in each quarter. By the end, 11 of 14 Chiefs contributed at least two points in their third straight victory coming from a 6-4 record.

Talking about his boys’ rise to the solo third spot, coach Jerry Codinera said in his post-game conference, “Lagi kong iniisip yung EAC na nakaisa sa Letran. So I really had my boys prepared to prevent an upset.”

Jalalon finished with 18 points and five assists while Dioncee Holts chipped in 16 markers of his own.

Wilson Baltazar scored 11 of his 19 points in the final frame when LPU’s 10th loss in 13 games was all but certain.

BOX SCORES

ARELLANO 97 – Jalalon 18, Holts 16, Gumaru 14, Ortega 11, Salado 9, Zamora 8, Bangga 6, Cadavis 5, Meca 4, Nicholls 4, Enriquez 2, Capara 0, Ongolo 0, Tano 0

LPU 83 – Baltazar 19, Ayaay 16, Nguidjol 13, Marata 10, Bulawan 8, Lugo 4, Alanes 3, Malabanan 2, Soliman 2, Lacastesantos 2, Mbida 2, Elmejrab 2, Sunga 0

BOX SCORES: 24-13, 47-33, 75-54, 97-83

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