MANILA, Philippines – The Arellano Chiefs didn’t have much of a difficult time earning their fifth win of the NCAA season as they had the upper hand from start to finish in their 85-73 victory over the CSB Blazers on Friday, August 14, at the San Juan Arena.
Zach Nicholls was on fire from downtown, finishing with 5 3-pointers and 19 points while Jiovani Jalalon registered 13 points, 10 assists, and 6 rebounds in the win.
CSB, who finished their first round campaign with a disappointing 2-7 record, struggled on defense from the get-go as they allowed last year’s NCAA finalist to 30 points in the first 10 minutes.
The Chiefs didn’t let up in the second quarter as they extended their lead at the half to 15, 49-34, before making it climb to 74-48 after the third period.
The Blazers were toast from there, allowing Arellano to cruise to an easy victory ahead of their finals rematch against the San Beda Red Lions on Tuesday, August 18.
The Red Lions swept the Chiefs in two games last finals to win their fifth straight championship.
Jonathan Grey spearheaded CSB with 24 points while Fons Saavedra registered 16 points. JJ Domingo had his best game of the season with 15 markers, but no other Blazer scored in double-figures.
Arellano (85) – Nicholls 19, Jalalon 13, Salado 11, Gumaru 9, Holts 6, Ortega 6, Capara 4, Cadavis 4, Zamora 4, Enriquez 3, Meca 2, Bangga 2, Tano 2, Ongolo 0, De Guzman 0
CSB (73) – Grey 24, Saavedra 16, Domingo JJ 15, Domingo JS 6, Ongteco 4, Sta. Maria 4, Fajarito 3, Castor 1, Nayve 0, Deles 0, Young 0, San Juan 0
Quarter scores: 30-17, 49-34, 74-48, 85-73 – Rappler.com