Jalalon outplays them all as Chiefs complete sweep of Lions
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 01, 2015 06:54 PM
DRIVE. Jiovani Jalalon had no peers when Arellano completed a season sweep of San Beda.
Put simply, Jiovani Jalalon was a man among boys on Thursday at the San Juan Arena and he was doing all of it against no less than the five-time defending champions.
San Beda College had no answer whatsoever to Jalalon as he drove Arellano University to a 91-72 victory that completed the Chiefs’ sweep of the Red Lions in the elimination round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
This season’s breakout star schooled each and every defender sent in front if him en route to a 25-point, eight-assist, seven-rebound masterpiece that was the undoubted reason in Arellano’s rise to 11-6. “While we have other guys na kaya rin, it’s different pa rin if he’s there kasi sa kanya talaga sila kumukuha ng firepower,” coach Jerry Codinera said.
Jalalon put his stamp on the rivalry game right from tip-off in detonating a personal 7-0 blast that boosted the Chiefs to 18-6 early. With his star already with three fouls after two quarters, however, Codinera opted to sit the Cagayan de Oro native to start the second half.
With their tormentor riding the bench, San Beda trimmed what was once an 11-point deficit to only 50-54 at the 6:04 mark of the third. That was the closest the defending champions would come, however, as Jalalon’s re-entry ignited another 19-4 charge that bloated the Arellano lead to 73-54 close to the final frame.
Four other Chiefs ended in double-digits to help their squad rebound from back-to-back defeats and move to a tie for third to fifth places with one game left to play.
The Lions kept battling until the final buzzer, but mentor Jamike Jarin already took out Art Dela Cruz, Baser Amer, and Ola Adeogun with 2:18 still left to play. The Mendiola Big Three only combined for 31 points to see their team drop to second-place at 12-5.
ARELLANO 91 – Jalalon 25, Enriquez 15, Meca 11, Holts 10, Salado 10, Gumaru 9, Cadavis 6, Nicholls 5, Capara 0, Bangga 0, Ongolo 0, Ortega 0, De Guzman 0, Zamora 0, Tano 0
SAN BEDA 72 – Adeogun 17, Dela Cruz 10, Mocon 8, Soberano 7, Koga 6, Tankoua 6, Tongco 6, Amer 4, Reyes 2, Bonsubre 2, Presbitero 2, Sorela 2, Cabanag 0, Sara 0, Sedillo 0
QUARTER SCORES: 27-18, 48-37, 73-56, 91-72
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