MANILA, Philippines - In his first game as head coach, the Arellano Chiefs made sure to reward Jerry Codiñera with a victory as they defeated the Lyceum Pirates, 93-80, behind a strong second half assault on Monday afternoon, June 30, at the San Juan Arena.
Trailing by as much as eight in the first half and down four at halftime, Arellano pulled out a rally in the final two periods to distance themselves from the pesky Pirates, which were playing without key players from last year, Aziz Mbomiko and Guy Mbida.
According to reports, the two stalwarts failed to make this year's line-up due to disagreements with LPU management.
The Chiefs received 20 points from Nard Pinto, who played a huge role in his team's 24-2 run in the second half. Levi Hernandez and Keith Agovida pitched in as well, combining for 29 markers.
The Pirates, meanwhile, received 15 points apiece from Shane Ko and Wilson Baltazar, and 13 from Dexter Zamora. However, Lyceum ran out of gas in the third and fourth quarters, as Arellano went on to win its coach his first NCAA victory.
Lyceum is back in action on July 4 when they take on Letran at 12 noon at the San Juan Arena. Arellano, meanwhile, tries to make it two in a row when they go head to head with Emilio Aguinaldo College on July 7 at 2:00PM, also at the San Juan Arena.
Arellano (93): Pinto 20, Hernandez 16, Agovida 13, Nicholls 12, Holts 11, Jalalon 9, Bangga 6, Caperal 4, Salcedo 2, Cadavis 0, Gumaru 0, Enriquez 0, Palma 0.
Lyceum (80): Baltazar 15, Ko 15, Zamora 13, Bulawan 12, Maconocido 9, Gabayni 8, Soliman 5, Lesmoras 2, Malabanan 1, Elmejrab 0.
UPHSD easily dispatches Mapua, 91-57
Coach Aric Del Rosario of University of Perpetual Help said before the NCAA season started that his team would be contending for a title.
And after their first game against Mapua, they're certainly heading toward that direction.
The UPHSD Altas dominated the Mapua Cardinals from start to finish, winning 91-57 behind an impressive 27 points, 16 rebounds, and six assists from Scottie Thompson, who was also aided by Baloria's 26 points, four rebounds, and four assists, on Monday afternoon, June 30, at the San Juan Arena.
On the other hand, Mapua was spearheaded by Eriobu, who had 16 markers and eight boards in his club's disappointing performance.
The Altas raced off to an early 20-10 lead at the conclusion of the first quarter and never looked back, taking advantage of the Cardinals' inept defense.
By haftime, Mapua, which lost some key pieces from last season, couldn't cut into Perpetual's lead. A quarter later, Eriobuo's final second heave was reviewed and not counted, putting the Cardinals in a 30-point hole, 65-35.
The Altas led by as much as 37 at one point.
UPHSD (91): Thompson 27, Baloria 26, Jolangcob 8, Arboleda 6, Dizon 6, Sadiwa 5, Bantayan 4, Daganon 4, Tamayo 3, Gallardo 0, Lucente 0, Pido 0
Mapua (57): Eriobu 16, Estrella 14, Cantos 6, Biteng 5, Isit 5, Saitanan 4, Serrano 3, Gabo 2, Villasenor 2, Galoso 0, Layug 0, Tubioso 0
Quarter Scores: 20-10, 39-26, 65-35, 91-57