Arellano whips Letran to secure sixth win

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KEITH Jasper Agovida notched all of Arellano University Chiefs’ last six points to pull off a 63-62 win over last year’s runner-up Letran Knights on Monday in the 90th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) seniors basketball tournament elimination round at the San Juan Arena in San Juan City.

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Agovida also scored a successful follow-up after a miss in the final 1:36 of the game that sealed the victory for the Chiefs. Arellano is now solo second with sixth wins against two losses, just a game away from solo leader San Beda College Red Lions, who are bearing a 6-1 record.

The Aurora province native Agovida finished with 14 points on six-of-11 shooting in the field plus five rebounds to lead the Chiefs’ strong comeback after their 99-98 triple overtime loss to host Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers on Friday.

Letran had enough opportunities and time to grab the lead after the last shot of Agovida but Rey Nambatac and Reneford Ruaya missed their hurried shots that allowed Arellano to win.

Jiovanne Jajalon contributed 13 points, eight assists and five rebounds to the Chiefs’ victory.

Team Standings          W L
San Beda                            6 1
Arellano U                         6 2
Perpetual Help                 4 2
Jose Rizal                           4 3
St. Benilde                         4 3
Lyceum                              4 4
San Sebastian                    3 4
Letran                                2 5
EAC                                    1 5
Mapua                                1 6

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