NCAA 95: Salado puts on master class as Arellano pushes off Perps

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 19, 2019 05:59 PM
Salado puts on master class as Arellano pushes off Perps
(Photo by Josh Albelda)

Kent Salado made his presence felt all over the Filoil Flying V Centre on Thursday as Arellano University made its return to the win column of the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament courtesy of a 91-86 triumph over University of Perpetual Help.

Salado turned in his most complete game of the season with 18-point, 12-assist double-double on top of four steals and three rebounds to tow the Chiefs to a 3-9 standing.

The graduating guard did damage when it mattered most, tallying two points and two assists in the 16-1 run that erased a seven-point deficit, 61-68, and erected an eight-point advantage, 77-69, in favor of his side inside the last five minutes.

Still, the Altas kept coming and Jielo Razon and Kim Aurin hit back-to-back triples to pull them within 85-86 with 42.7 ticks to go.

It was at that point, though, that Salado set up Kai Oliva from a three, stole the ball from Perps, and set up Justin Arana for an inside basket and a 91-85 lead that would hold until the final buzzer.

Behind Salado, Arana and Dariel Bayla also did heavy lifting with the former finishing with 17 points, seven rebounds, two blocks, and two assists and the latter ending with 12 markers and nine boards of his own.

Rence Alcoriza and Archie Concepcion also added 12 and 11 points, respectively, to help Arellano arrest a three-game slide and while also breathing some life to its playoff hopes.

On the other hand, Perps absorbed its third loss in a row and eighth overall in 11 games despite a 22-point, nine-assist, and five-rebound outing by Edgar Charcos.

Their lead guard also had half of their 16 turnovers, however, and fouled out with 66 seconds still left to play.

BOX SCORES

ARELLANO 91 - Salado 18, Arana 17, Bayla 12, Alcoriza 12, Concepcion 11, Sablan 8, Oliva 7, Gayosa 6, Espiritu 0, Segura 0, Sacramento 0.

PERPETUAL 86 - Charcos 22, Peralta 17, Aurin 15, Razon 15, Adamos 9, Lanoy 6, Giussani 2, Cuevas 0, Sevilla 0, Martel 0, Barasi 0, Tamayo 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 28-17, 46-40, 59-63, 91-86

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