Arellano University relied on Jiovanni Jalalon’s stellar performance to crush Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC), 83-74, and gain a share of the lead on Thursday in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 92 men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
The comboguard Jalalon finished with 21 points, nine assists and eight rebounds while Kent Salado contributed 15 points, nine rebounds and two steals to lead the Chiefs.
Lervin Flores posted 10 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks while Brylle Meca had nine points. Arellano is now sharing the top spot with San Beda College that is also carrying a 10-2 win-loss record.
After posting a slim lead in the first period, 21-18, and second quarter, 37-35, the Chiefs sustained their onslaught throughout the game.
“We have so many errors and we have a hard time closing out the game but I’m satisfied with the win,” said Arellano coach Jerry Codiñera during the postgame interview, referring to Arellano’s 19 turnovers. “I’m hoping we keep on winning and we correct those mistakes.”
Arellano’s seven-game winning streak, according to Codiñera, is also a historic achievement for the school.
Remy Morada scored 17 points, while Hamadou Laminou posted 16 points, nine rebounds and five blocks to lead the Generals that committed 22 errors in the game.
EAC’s win-loss record fell to 3-9.
Earlier, University of Perpetual Help System DALTA routed College of Saint 70-45, to keep the Blazers winless in 12 games.
After avoiding a back-to-back loss, the win improved the Altas’ record to 9-3 and allow them to remain at the No. 3 spot.
Bright Akhuetie notched 15 points, six rebounds and a block while forward Gab Dagangon finished with 12 points, six rebounds and four assists for Perpetual.
“We just did our job because we just came from a loss (against San Sebastian College),” Perpetual Help coach Jimwell Gican told The Times. “At the same time, this victory will help us in our preparation against Arellano next week.”
Gican, purposely allowed Akhuetie, Dagangon and Dizon to rest in the early part of second half. “Nope, I didn’t allow Bright (Akhuetie) to play for too long inside the court because we’re holding a huge lead. Bright also has minor injuries. We’re preparing now for our next game. Besides Bright, we also rested our other starters,” he said.
Gerald Dizon contributed 11 points and five rebounds while Prince Eze had 10 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks. Guard Jeffrey Coronel posted nine points and eight rebounds also for the Altas.
Building on a 19-17 lead in the first period, the Altas stretched its advantage, 34-28, at halftime behind Dizon’s shooting prowess.
Perpetual through the effort of Dagangon and Eze, continually outscored Benilde in the third period, 18-7, to bring the score to 52-35 going into the payoff period.
Coronel and Flash Sadiwa had an outstanding fourth period that allowed the Altas to outclass the Blazers in the final canto, 18-10. Sadiwa and Coronel posted six and five points, respectively, in that quarter.
Perpetual Help recorded more rebounds (54-32), assists (19-11) and steals (8-6) than Saint Benilde. Perpetual also transformed Saint Benilde’s 24 turnovers into 20 points.
The Blazers’ 0-12 record is the team’s worst start in the NCAA, beating its 0-11 record in 2004.
JJ Domingo led Saint Benilde with 19 points.