Arellano trips Mapua for first time as Oraeme fouls out in return
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 19, 2016 05:07 PM
NOTHING TO SEE HERE. Arellano had their way against Mapua and Allwell Oraeme who struggled in his return from illness.
Reigning MVP Allwell Oraeme’s return in the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament was a letdown, and so the highly-anticipated heavyweight bout between Arellano University and Mapua Institute of Technology was also a letdown.
With Oraeme fouling out in the third quarter and failing to make much of an impact when was on the San Juan Arena floor on Thursday, the Chiefs had their way against the Cardinals to register a 21-point rout, 96-75.
Returning after a one-game absence due to illness, the reigning MVP was hampered by foul trouble and struggled to get into his groove this time around.
However, Jiovani Jalalon wasn’t any better and was scoreless after two quarters. As such with only a four-point margin at the half, it was Kent Salado who took the wheel for Arellano in a 33-point third that boosted them ahead, 66-51.
Oraeme didn’t do his team any favors in picking up his fifth and final foul at the 3:29 mark of the third. The Chiefs took full advantage and doubled down on their lead with a 30-point final frame.
Salado’s 20-point, nine-rebound effort was a big bounce back after his two-point outing the last time around. In the same light, the 21-point rout was a big bounce back for Arellano who fell for the first time in their most recent outing.
Now back on track at 4-1, a happy coach Jerry Codinera said, “Super ganda ng nilaro namin. Talagang lahat sinunod nila after that tough loss against Letran kung saan down na down ang energy.”
In suffering their first setback of the season, Mapua tied their conquerors on the standings. Andoy Estrella scored 20 points in the effort to overcome the loss of their Nigerian reinforcement.
Oraeme still wound up with nine points and 11 rebounds, but has now failed to be in the endgame for his team in back-to-back matches.
ARELLANO 96 - Salado 20, Nicholls 16, Flores 10, Aguilar 10, Jalalon 8, Gumaru 7, Enriquez 6, Villaoria 5, Cadavis 4, Holts 4, Canete 4, Alcoriza 2, Meca 0, Gupilan 0.
MAPUA 75 - Estrella 20, Serrano 12, Eriobu 12, Isit 10, Oraeme 9, Bunag 6, Biteng 3, Orquina 3, Victoria 0, Raflores 0, Menina 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 20-16, 33-29, 66-51, 96-75.
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