Combo guard Jio Jalalon notched his third triple-double to lead Arellano University to an 86-76 victory over San Sebastian College on Friday in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 91 men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
Jalalon posted 18 points, 17 assists, 10 rebounds and four steals while point guard Donald Gumaru finished with 17 points, five rebounds, six assists and three steals. Big man Dioncee Holts had 10 points and nine rebounds also for the Chiefs.
“We really need to beat this team [San Sebastian] before taking up our next three assignments which are Mapua, Letran and San Beda,” said Arellano University coach Jerry Codinera. “They are [on]another level. We really need to give our best.”
Allan Enriquez contributed 10 points also for the Chiefs that now took the solo third spot with 10 victories against four defeats. The reigning champions Red Lions are running second with 10 wins and three losses while the Knights are on no.1 spot with an 11-2 win-loss record.
The triple-double of Jalalon was NCAA’s ninth this year. Five triple-double performances are under the name of Perpetual’s playmaker Earl Scottie Thompson while the other was posted by San Beda’s Arthur Dela Cruz.
The Golden Stags absorbed their 10th loss with three wins, which means they are now out of the Final Four race. Pro-bound center Bradwyn Guinto finished with 19 points and 15 rebounds to lead San Sebastian.
In the second game, Nigerian center Allwell Oraeme and coach Atoy Co were ejected during the fourth quarter but Mapua still managed to post its fourth straight win. The Cardinals banked on the prowess of JP Nieles to beat Lyceum of the Philippines University 70-66.
Oraeme notched eight points and 14 rebounds before fouling out with almost six minutes left in the game. Co, on the other hand, was ejected out because of excessive complaining.
Nieles notched five of his 10 points in the payoff period while Justin Serrano led the Cardinals with 15 points. Mapua improved its win-loss record to 8-5.
“They were inspired I guess when I was thrown out. They did not give up,” Co told reporters during a post-game interview. “We’re very lucky again because even without an import, we were able to survive Lyceum. I’m very proud of them.”
Earlier in the first game, John Pontejos led Jose Rizal University to an 87-64 victory over Emilio Aguinaldo College to keep their Final Four hope alive.
Pontejos finished with 21 points while Bernabe Teodoro and John Gorospe added 13 points each for the Heavy Bombers. JRU now has seven wins against six losses.
“We have to win all our games and not look at the results of the teams ahead of us that much. We have no choice,” said Jose Rizal University coach Vergel Meneses, “Each game is very important.”
The Generals’ win-loss record dropped to a league-worst 2-11.
In the high school division, the Mapua Red Robins clobbered the Lyceum Junior Pirates 85-63 to remain at No. 2 spot with a 12-1 win-loss record. The Emilio Aguinaldo Brigadiers, on the other hand, routed the Jose Rizal Light Bombers 93-69 to post their seventh win against six losses.