Arellano Chiefs subdue Letran

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THE Arellano University Chiefs crushed the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights, 79-70, on Wednesday in the 90th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) seniors basketball tournament elimination round at The Arena in San Juan City.

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Keith Agovida led the Chiefs’ fiery blitz in securing their 12th win against four losses strengthening their grip of the second spot. Arellano is just a win away from solo leader San Beda College Red Lions, who are carrying a 13-3 win-loss record.

With the victory, the Chiefs are now assured of a playoff for the last semifinals berth. Coach Jerry Codinera’s team is bent on grabbing the second twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.

Codiñera praised his wards for the big win over the Knights, whom they also beat narrowly, 63-62, in the first round of the elimination on August 4. But he admonished them not to celebrate yet until they hurdled four-peat champions San Beda Red Lions on October 4.

Agovida of Aurora finished with 18 points on top of 10 rebounds. He was seven-of-11 in the field goal.

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