Jalalon-Salado combo makes sure Arellano stays in driver’s seat

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 13, 2016 04:06 PM
Jalalon-Salado makes sure Arellano stays in driver’s seat
ALLEY TO THE OOP. Jiovani Jalalon and Lervin Flores provided a couple of worthy additions to the season's highlight reel.

Jiovani Jalalon served up the alley, Lervin Flores wrapped up the oop, and Arellano University could do no wrong as they remained alone atop the leaderboard in the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Jalalon and partner-in-crime Kent Salado were in total control, Flores held down the fort, and the alley-oop was merely the cherry on top of the Chiefs’ 79-68 romp over Jose Rizal University on Tuesday at the San Juan Arena.

Flores’ two-handed flush was the punctuation in a 10-4 closing kick that turned Arelano’s five-point advantage into a double-digit margin of victory.

Before the highlight, “The Dispatcher” actually had another slam off of “The Bus Driver” and their back-to-back hookups proved to put the finishing touches on the Chiefs’ league-leading 13th victory in 16 games.

Paolo Pontejos did his best to keep the Heavy Bombers coming and his six unanswered points closed them to within 64-69 with 2:23 remaining. They could only muster two more points the rest of the way, however, as Arellano turned it up from end-to-end.

“Focused sila from start to end. Siyempre, meron talagang rally (ang JRU), pero sabi ko sa kanila, ‘Hang in there,’” coach Jerry Codinera said in his post-game conference. At 13-3, the Chiefs need just one more win to clinch a twice-to-beat advantage for the next round.

Flores and Jalalon provided worthy additions to the season’s highlight reel, but it was Kent Salado who kept his foot on the pedal all throughout with a total of 22 points and six rebounds. Jalalon added 18 points, 11 assists, and six rebounds while Flores posted seven points and 11 rebounds.

Pontejos paced JRU with 24 points which proved far from enough from preventing their drop to 9-8. They remain at fifth-place and face a must-win matchup against San Sebastian College-Recoletos just to have a chance at the fourth and final playoff berth.

BOX SCORES

ARELLANO 79 – Salado 22, Jalalon 18, Gumaru 11, Flores 7, Enriquez 6, Nicholls 6, Aguilar 3, Holts 2, Cadavis 2, Canete 2, Meca 0, Villoria 0

JRU 78 – Pontejos 24, Dela Paz 15, Poutouochi 14, Teodoro 10, Grospe 2, Cruz 2, Lasquety 1, Dela Virgen 0, Salaveria 0, Mendoza 0, Astilla 0

QUARTER SCORES: 24-17, 41-34, 59-50, 79-68

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