Arellano scores upset over NCAA champ San Beda

Nissi Icasiano
Arellano scores upset over NCAA champ San Beda
Jiovani Jalalon heads Arellano in the final period as the Chiefs get back at last year's finals foes Red Lions

MANILA, Philippine – In a rematch of last year’s NCAA finals, Arellano University pulled off an 88-84 upset against the defending 5-peat NCAA champion San Beda College on Tuesday, August 18 at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.

Jiovani Jalalon headed Arellano in the final period and mustered 22 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals to improve the Jerry Condiñera-mentored brigade’s standing to 6-3.

Aside from Jalalon, Dioncee Holts amassed 21 markers, 11 boards and 5 steals for the Chiefs, who spearheaded a 16-7 blitz in the fourth quarter to pull away with a 84-73 cushion.

Arellano lambasted San Beda with a 30-point output in the first canto before the Red Lions picked up the pace and conceded 25 points in the next two quarters for a 61-55 lead entering the fourth frame.

The Chiefs regained the momentum as Jalalon buried back-to-back triples, but San Beda responded with 5 straight buckets.

San Beda was only down by two with 1.3 left in the regulation, but Holts hammered the final nail in the coffin by sinking two charities.

Bedan back-up center Donald Tankoua registered 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Dan Sara chipped in 16 baskets for the Mendiola-based troop.

However, Art Dela Cruz only had 11 points as San Beda falls to a 7-2 win-loss card and ties with University of Perpetual Help System Dalta at second place. 


Arellano (88) – Jalalon 22, Holts 21, Salado 14, Enriquez 12, Nicholls 6, Gumaru 5, Cadavis 4, Bangga 2, Tano 2, Capara 0, Meca 0, Ortega 0, Zamora 0. 

San Beda (84) – Tankoua 20, Sara 16, Dela Cruz 11, Adeogun 10, Koga 8, Tongco 6, Mocon 4, Soberano 3, Presbitero 2, Sorela 2, Cabanag 0, Bonsubre 0. 

Quarter scores: 30-20, 41-37, 55-61, 88-84.


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