La Salle, Arellano clash for FilOil Cup crown today

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 La Salle’s Abu Tratter thwarts the attack of Ateneo’s Kris Porter duringthe 2016 FilOil Cup semifinals at the San Juan Arena on Friday.PHOTO BY RUY MARTINEZ

La Salle’s Abu Tratter thwarts the attack of Ateneo’s Kris Porter duringthe 2016 FilOil Cup semifinals at the San Juan Arena on Friday.PHOTO BY RUY MARTINEZ

De La Salle University (DLSU) and Arellano University (AU) will fight for the FilOil Flying V Pre-season Premier Cup 2016 title at the San Juan Arena at 4 p.m. today.

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Unbeaten in their last nine games, the Green Archers are bent on beating the National Collegiate Athletic Association ball club Chiefs in the championship.

La Salle took their ticket to the finals after dominating University Athletic Association of the Philippines rivals Ateneo de Manila University, 92-77, in the semifinals.

Veteran guard Thomas Torres led La Salle with 17 points including two crucial shots from beyond the arc in addition to three assists and two steals.

Rookie big man Ben Mbala and frontline man Abu Tratter, who have had double-digit outputs in their last game, are expected to lead the squad’s onslaught.

Star forward Jeron Teng, who missed the previous game because of an injury he sustained in the quarterfinals, is slated to come back with his old deadly form in today’s finals.

On the other hand, the AU Chiefs are expected to bank on the skills of court general Jiovanni Jalalon as they attempt to subdue the formidable Archers for the crown.
Arellano defeated the National University (NU) Bulldogs, 94-85, in their last game en route to their first-ever FilOil Cup finals appearance.

Jalalon awed the crowd as he posted 34 points on a 62.5 shooting performance together with six assists and three rebounds.

Michael Salado and Zach Nichols will be providing additional firepower while Dioncee Holts and Lervin Flores will be manning the paint for the Chiefs.

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