Chiefs scalp Generals for seventh straight win
Mark Escarlote on Aug 25, 2016 06:11 PM
Jiovanni Jalalon powered Arellano University with 21 points in its seventh win in a row.
Hot-streaking Arellano University climbed to a share of the lead with its seventh win in a row at the expense of the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 83-74, Thursday in the 92nd NCAA seniors basketball competition at The Arena in San Juan.
The Chiefs, who held the Generals without a field goal in the last 3:42 of the match, tied last year’s runner up San Beda Red Lions on top of the standings with a 10-2 win-loss record.
Jiovanni Jalalon towed the Arellano to another victory with 21 points on a 7-of-19 shooting clip with nine assists and eight rebounds for Arellano. Kent Salado chipped in a near double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds while Lervin Flores posted 10 markers and 10 boards for the Chiefs, who won the game despite a series of sloppy plays in the closing minutes.
“Hindi ma-close-close eh,” said Arellano coach Jerry Codinera. “Marami kaming mga mental mistakes and mental lapses noong huli.”
It was an ugly win but Codinera commended the team’s effort in stringing their blazing run.
“I’m just being thankful na we were able to do that feat for the school and siyempre it feels good kasi yun nga first time and I hope tuluy-tuloy at hindi magsawa ang mga bata sa panalo,” he said.
The Chiefs built a 77-70 lead midway in the fourth quarter before Generals guard Igee King cut the lead to only four with 3:42 remaining which was EAC’s last field goal in the game.
Donald Gumaru brought the lead back to six, 79-73, with an easy layup off a steal with 1:43 remaining. Francis Munsayac split his charities for the Generals in the last 29.4 seconds.
Remy Morada finished with 17 points, Hamadou Laminou had 16 points and nine rebounds while Sidney Onwubere closed with a double-double in a lost cause for EAC with 11 points and 18 rebounds. King scored 10.
The Generals slid down to a 3-9 record in a three-game losing slump.
ARELLANO (83) - Jalalon 21, Salado 15, Flores 10, Meca 9, Villoria 8, Gumaru 6, Holts 6, Enriquez 5, Cadavis 2, Aguilar 1, Canete 0, Gupilan 0, Nicholls 0
EAC (74) - Morada 17, Laminou 16, Onwubere 11, King 10, Diego 8, Guzman 6, Munsayac 4, Neri 2, General 0, Mendoza 0, Pascua 0, Serrano 0
QUARTER SCORES: 21-18, 37-35, 64-60, 83-74
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