Arellano University and University of Per-petual Help System DALTA won over separate opponents in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 92 men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City on Tuesday.
The Chiefs banked on Dioncee Holts’ shooting prowess to beat the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates, 81-76. Arellano is sharing the second place with the Altas that are also carrying a 6-2 win-loss record.
Holts notched nine of his 20 points in the fourth quarter in addition to 15 rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
“Finally, he (Holts) was able to play like he was a rookie,” Arellano coach Jerry Codinera said during the postgame interview. “I’m happy even though our win streak in the first round came a little bit late. We just have to continue all the positive things that happened.”
Guard Kent Salado finished with 17 points, plus seven boards despite committing six turnovers. Birthday boy Jiovanni Jalalon, meanwhile, who just turned 23, posted 13 points, seven assists and four rebounds.
Zach Nichols contributed 11 points, including two three-pointers while big man Lervin Flores had 10 points, seven rebounds and four blocks also for the Chiefs.
Leading by just two points,16-14, at the end of first quarter, Salado and Jalalon unleashed a 21-15 run to stretch the Chief’s lead, 37-29, at halftime.
The Pirates fought strong in the second half cutting the deficit 54-58 by the third period. But the Chiefs renewed their attack highlighted by Salado’s basket that provided them a 72-60 advantage midway through the fourth period.
Lyceum came close to snatch the lead, 76-79, with 20 seconds left in the game but Reymar Caduyac missed a triple that allowed Jalalon to seal the win with two free throws.
Mike Nzeusseu led The Pirates with 24 points and 17 rebounds. Lyceum’s win-loss record fell to 3-5.
Earlier, the Altas, behind Bright Akhuetie’s solid performance, controlled the entire game leading to a 70-53 victory over the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals.
The win was also the Altas’ fourth straight victory.
Akhuetie posted 19 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Gab Dagangon had 15 points and eight rebounds while Jeffrey Coronel contributed 10 points for the Altas.
Perpetual’s win-loss record improved to 6-2 after the victory.
“We have so many lapses in our offense but our defense clicked when it mattered most. I’m hoping Bright’s strength and condition will continue, said Perpetual coach Jimwell Gican during the postgame interview.
Jorem Morada led the Generals with 15 points as Emilio Aguinaldo College’s win-loss record dropped to 2-6.
In the third game, Jose Rizal University (JRU) defeated San Sebastian College, 68-62, behind the impressive shooting of guard Teytey Teodoro. The Heavy Bombers’ win-loss record improved to 3-4, while the Golden Stags absorbed their seventh loss in eight games.
Teodoro finished with 18 points; Mark Dela Virgen added 12 points and Ervin Grospe had 10 points to lead JRU. AbdulRazak AbdulWahab finished with four points, 13 rebounds and two blocks also for the Heavy Bombers.
Guard Ryan Costelo led the Golden Stags with 18 points and seven rebounds while Allyn Bulunadi contributed 15 points.