MANILA, Philippines – The Arellano Chiefs took care of business against the Mapua Cardinals, 92-80, to prevent a rubber match and clinch their ticket to the NCAA Season 92 finals on Friday, September 30, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.
Jiovanni Jalalon led the second-seed Chiefs with 22 points, 9 assists, 8 rebounds, and 3 steals, while Lervin Flores had 22 points and 10 boards. Kent Salado also played well with 13 points and 9 boards as Arellano returned to the championship round after a year’s absence.
Mapua, the third seed, was led by the 20 points and 24 rebounds of Allwell Oraeme, while Andrew Estrella added 15 points and 6 assists.
The Chiefs raced off to a quick 27-18 lead after one quarter. Mapua kept trimming the deficit throughout the contest to make it a two or 3-possession game, but Arellano held the Cardinals at bay and eventually sealed the win thanks to consecutive baskets by Jalalon late in the fourth period.
Arellano will face the winner of Tuesday’s San Beda-Perpetual Help game in the finals. – Rappler.com