Jalalon steers Chiefs into running over hapless Blazers

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 29, 2016 06:00 PM
Jalalon steers Chiefs into running over hapless Blazers
NO SURPRISES HERE. Jiovani Jalalon and CSB had no problems taking care of business against still winless CSB.

It was all over before it even began when Arellano University faced off with College of St. Benilde in the middle of the San Juan Arena on Friday.

Scoring thirteen points and surrendering no makes at the other end in the first seven minutes, the Chiefs had their way against the Blazers in a wire-to-wire 70-59 win that moves them into a share of second in the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

All of Arellano came in with guns blazing and took for themselves a 13-0 lead early on. They then doubled-down and blew up their advantage to 25-6 in the second before the Blazers finally and mercifully got it going.

CSB trimmed their deficit to single-digits a couple of times and were only down, 34-44, in the third before “The Bus Driver” took the wheel. Swishing seven points and delivering one assist, he was at the forefront of the 14-2 burst that built the biggest lead of the game at 58-36.

Arellano would not look back all the way to their fifth win in seven games – placing them onto the same standing as Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Mapua Institute of Technology, and University of Perpetual Help.

Even with a share of second, coach Jerry Codinera said they still have a long ways to go. “Mas worried pa kami sa makakalaban namin. For sure magba-bounce back ang LPU at JRU, sana lang hindi sa amin,” he said.

Jalalon ended around the neighborhood of a triple-double with 16 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and four steals while partner-in-crime Kent Salado added 11 points, five rebounds, and two steals.

For the Blazers, it was Christian Fajarito who bannered the effort with 20 points and 12 rebounds. They remain winless through eight games.

BOX SCORES

ARELLANO 70 – Jalalon 16, Nicholls 14, Salado 11, Cadavis 8, Holts 6, Viloria 6, Flores 4, Gumaru 3, Meca 2, Enriquez 0, Zamora 0, Canete 0, Gupilan 0 Aguilar 0

CSB 59 – Fajarito 20, Belgica 12, Haruna 9, San Juan 8, Pajarillaga 4, Castor 2, Dixon 2, Sta. Maria 2, Young 0, Pasamante 0, Domingo JJ 0, Domingo JS 0

QUARTER SCORES: 16-4, 30-18, 60-40, 70-59

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