Arellano University, displaying a well-balanced game, scored a convincing 97-83 win over the Lyceum of the Philippines University on Tuesday in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 91 men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
Combo guard Jiovani Jalalon finished with 18 points plus six assists. He notched a triple-double performance of 32 points on top of 15 assists and 10 rebounds last Friday in an overtime victory against the Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas.
Center-forward Dioncee Holts added 16 points along with eight rebounds and three blocks while Donald Gumaru notched 14 points to lift the Chiefs up to third place with nine victories against four losses.
David Ortega had 11 points; Michael Salado finished with nine points, five assists and three steals while John Zamora had eight points also for Arellano University.
“We have to stick with the fundamentals and do basic basketball. I also remind them not to underestimate Lyceum,” said Arellano coach Jerry Cordiñera.
“The players did their best from the start until the closing minutes of the game. It feels so good that we are now in solo third place,” he added.
Arellano also beat Lyceum 22-9 in assists, 9-5 in steals, 4-0 in blocks and 8-4 in three-point shots.
Lyceum’s win-loss record fell to 3-10. Wilson Baltazar led the Pirates with 19 points.
In the first game, forward Mark Bra¬na scored the game-winning basket with five ticks left to power Mapua’s slim 68-67 victory over Jose Rizal University (JRU). Mapua’s record improved to seven victories against five losses.
The Cardinals, after a three-game-winning streak are now occupying the fifth place.
Brana, who posted 12 points and eight boards, went for a follow up shot in the dying seconds after CJ Isit’s failed attempt at the three-point zone.
“Lucky that was lucky, we were very lucky,” Mapua coach Atoy Co told the press during the post game interview. “I’ve already talked to Mark [Brana] because he is playing his last year. I told him that he should leave some winning legacy to his school.”
“He was in the right place at the right time. He bailed us out,” he added.
“I’m happy that they responded well to the challenge.”
The 6’8 Nigerian Allwell Oraeme posted 19 points, 27 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block. Oraeme’s highest output for rebound was on August 14 when notched 28 though they lost to Letran.
Exeqiel Biteng scored 12 points including three triples for the Cardinals.
The Heavy Bombers’ win-loss record dropped to 6-6. John Ponte¬jos and Bernabe Teodoro scored 21 and 18 points, respectively, for JRU.
In the high school division, Mapua outplayed Jose Rizal University 83-62 to improve its record to 11-1 while Arellano University beat Lyceum of the Philippines University 100-77 to remain in the magic four with a 9-4 win-loss record.