Jalalon saves the day again as Arellano averts disaster

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 06, 2015 04:48 PM
Jalalon saves the day again as Arellano averts disaster
HERO BALL. Jiovani Jalalon completely took over for Arellano just when it seemed a meltdown was in the making.

Threatened by a rally emboldened by a roaring crowd from two different schools on Tuesday at the San Juan Arena, Jiovani Jalalon himself fired the shots to quell the resistance.

“The Bus Driver” scored all of the Chiefs’ last 13 points as they staved off the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 98-90, and assured themselves of at least a playoff for a Final Four berth in the 91st Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

After leading by as much as 20, the Chiefs got complacent and allowed EAC to close the gap to just 86-89 inside the last four minutes. The Generals got even more of a boost with the San Beda College fans egging them on for an upset.

It was at that point that Jalalon took charge via back-to-back hits thar re-established a seven-point lead with 2:14 remaining. Hamadou Laminou and Sidney Onwubere got it right back, but that was the closest the Generals would come as Jalalon had for himself a personal 5-0 spurt to cement the final score.

“Natakot ako nung tatlo na lang kaya ako na talaga kumuha,” the Cagayan de Oro native told reporters in the post-game conference. Jalalon ended with his fourth triple-double – 31 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds – to lead Arellano to solo third with their 12th win in 18 games of the elimination round.

Onwubere and Laminou scored 24 and 20 points, respectively, for the Generals who fell to 2-15 with one game remaining in their schedule.

BOX SCORES

ARELLANO 98 – Jalalon 31, Nicholls 15, Enriquez 11, Salado 11, Gumaru 8, Meca 7, Holts 4, Cadavis 4, De Guzman 3, Bangga 2, Tano 2, Ongolo 0, Ortega 0, Zamora 0

EAC 90 – Onwubere 24, Hamadou 20, Munsayac 15, Mejos 13, General 8, Bonleon 5, Diego 5, Pascual 0, Corilla 0, Estacio 0

QUARTER SCORES: 26-16, 52-38, 74-61, 98-90

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