NCAA: Chiefs get up once more after getting by Heavy Bombers

NCAA: Chiefs get up once more after getting by Heavy Bombers
Arellano had much welcome contributions from rookie Maui Sera Josef in its bounce back win

Maui Sera Josef had for himself a breakout game as Arellano University had for itself a bounce back win in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Sera Josef contributed a career-high 17 points and carried the Chiefs to a well-earned 79-70 win against luckless Jose Rizal University on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

The Filipino-American rookie out of Las Vegas also tallied nine rebounds, one steal, and one block to lead his team back to the win column now at 3-3. “Si Maui is a good stretch four for us,” head coach Jerry Codinera said post-game.

Sera Josef led a total of five Arellano players in double-digits as Michael Canete also had 15 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks while guards Ian Alban and Levi Dela Cruz merged for 28 markers, nine boards, and seven assists.

That balance was what they used to outperform Jed Mendoza’s one-man show for the Heavy Bombers.

The contest was close for the first three quarters until Sera Josef, Canete, and Dela Cruz combined for 22 points just as Mendoza waxed hot with 15 markers.

That proved to be enough for the Chiefs to get a bounce back win.

Still, coach Jerry knows full well that they have a long way to go to become consistent. “Medyo ang tagal bago naming makuha yung combination sa offense and defense namin so talagang malayo pa kami,” he said.

On the other hand, JRU remained winless after six games. Mendoza gave his all with 23 points and five rebounds, but was the lone player in double-digits for the struggling squad.

BOX SCORES

ARELLANO 79 – Sera Josef 17, Canete 15, Alban 14, Dela Cruz 14, Segura 10, Concepcion 6, Alcoriza 3, Bayla 0, Codinera 0, Dela Torre 0, Ongolo Ongolo 0, Sacramento 0, Santos 0, Villoria 0.

JRU 70 – Mendoza 23, David 9, Estrella 7, Bordon 6, Dela Virgen 6, Mallari 6, Esguerra 5, Silvarez 4, Miranda 2, Santos 2, Ramos 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 12-16, 34-36, 54-50, 79-70.

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