NCAA: Perpetual wins thriller; San Beda, Arellano score big wins

Naveen Ganglani
NCAA: Perpetual wins thriller; San Beda, Arellano score big wins

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Two teams secure slots in the NCAA Final Four while another earns at least a playoff

MANILA, Philippines – With the NCAA Season 92 Final Four getting nearer, the action intensified on Friday, September 9, at the San Juan Arena. The day’s matches included a double-overtime thriller, a rout by one of the league’s top teams, and an MVP candidate leading his boys to a big win.

Akhuetie leads Perpetual past JRU in double OT

Big man Bright Akhuetie finished with 28 points – including 7 in the second 5-minute extension – plus 17 rebounds to lift the University of Perpetual Help Atlas past the JRU Heavy Bombers, 89-80, and improve his team’s record to 11-4.

The win secured Perpetual at least a playoff (knockout game) for a Final Four seed in case of a tie when the eliminations end. Gab Dagangon also pitched in with 15 points and 11 boards, while Daryl Singontiko recorded 13 points and 8 rebounds.

A 3-pointer by GJ Ylagan with 23.5 seconds left in regulation forced a first overtime while a clutch basket by Akhuetie in the first extension led to a second one, where the Cameroonian took over. 

Tey Teodoro led the now 9-7 Heavy Bombers with 23 points and 7 rebounds.

San Beda gets in Final Four with win over LPU

In the second game, the San Beda Red Lions easily took down the LPU Pirates, 89-73, to make the Final Four for an 11th straight season.

Entering the game as losers of 3 of its last 4 games, San Beda was led by the 22 points of Cameroon recruit Arnaud Noah, while Davon Potts pitched in with 19 points. AC Soberano also played well by registering 17 points.

The win improved the record of the Red Lions to 12-4, while the Pirates dropped to 5-11. Reymar Caduyac led the Lyceum with 27 points while MJ Ayaay added a double-double of 17 points and 12 boards.

Arellano downs Letran behind Jalalon’s near triple double

Star point guard Jio Jalalon finished with 22 points, 14 rebounds, and 8 assists as the Arellano Chiefs defeated the Letran Knights, 83-74, and also clinched a ticket to the Final Four.

Jalalon scored 8 of AU’s final 12 points in the game’s final 3 minutes, which avoided the Chief from choking away a 20-point lead after the Knights had cut the deficit to 7, 71-64.

Kent Salado and Donald Gumaru also played well for AU, finishing with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Rey Nambatac led the Knights with 28 points while Dom Sollano added 15.

The win improved the record of Arellano to 12-3, currently the best in the NCAA. Letran, on the other hand, fell to 8-8. –

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