Salado-less Chiefs keep Final Four hopes alive
Without Kent Salado, Lervin Flores picked up the slack for the Arellano Chiefs in a crucial win over Perpetual Help.
Arellano remains alive and kicking in the NCAA Season 93 men's basketball tournament.
The Chiefs scored a convincing 62-52 win over also-ran Perpetual Thursday at the San Juan Arena, keeping their slim Final Four hopes alive.
Even without top gun Kent Salado, Arellano had little trouble taking care of the Altas for its third win in a row in the second round, rising to eight wins against nine defeats.
The Chiefs are now at solo fifth, half a game behind no. 4 Letran and half a game ahead of no. 6 San Sebastian.
"Sinabi ko lang sa kanila, with or without Kent, we will play. We will do our best," head coach Jerry Codinera said.
Down after the opening period, the Chiefs took control in the second, holding the Altas to only six points to take the lead at the break.
Arellano's defense once again held to start the second half, establishing its largest lead at 20 points.
Lervin Flores picked up the slack for the Chiefs with Salado out due to injury, scoring 19 points on top of eight rebounds. Rence Alcoriza came off the bench to drop 26.
Jeff Coronel led the way for the Altas ith 14 points while Prinze Eze was good for 11 and 22 rebounds. However, Perpetual lost its sixth straight game for a 4-12 mark.
ARELLANO 62 – Flores 19, Alcoriza 16, Dela Cruz 11, Canete 6, Nicholls 5, Villoria 4, Meca 1, Enriquez 0, Abanes 0, Ongolo Ongolo 0, Taywan 0, Concepcion 0, Padilla 0
PERPETUAL 52 – Coronel 14, Eze 11, Lucente 10, Pido 8, Dagangon 6, Ylagan 3, Tamayo 0, Casas 0, Clemente 0, Yuhico 0, Mangalino 0, Sadiwa 0
QUARTER SCORES: 14-17, 29-23, 48-34, 62-52
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