PCCL: UV takes down Arellano, NU bounces back
MANILA, Philippines - The University of Visayas Lancers continued their impressive play in the Elite Eight round of the 2014 Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) on Sunday, November 16, by taking down the Arellano Chiefs, 95-88, at the Cebu Coliseum.
UV, which now improves to 2-1 in the Elite Eight round, leaned on the stellar play of Franz Arong, who finished with 29 points. John Abad and Steve Akomo also pitched in, combining for 33 points in their team's second straight victory.
The Lancers took a 10-point lead to the half thanks to Arong, who scored 15 of his 29 points in the second period.
Arellano trimmed their opponents lead to six, 64-58, entering the final quarter but was unable to contain the scoring of the Cebu-based Lancers, who put up 31 markers in the fourth quarter.
Arellano guard Jiovani Jalalon spearheaded his club with 26 points. Reigning NCAA men's basketball Rookie of the Year Dioncee Holts struggled for most of the game, recording just 9 markers while Levi Hernandez put up just 4 points.
UV scored their second straight win after erasing a 16-point deficit and beating the NU Bulldogs, 77-74, on Saturday, November 15.
The Lancers will be back in action on Monday, November 17, when they take on University of San Carlos. Arellano, currently 0-1 in the Elite Eight round, will aim to finish their trip to Cebu with a split when they face Southwestern University after the UV-USC game.
UV (95): Arong 29, Abad 17, Akomo 16, Octobre 15, Segumpan 10, Perolino 3, Codilla 2, Aguirre 2
AU (88): Jalalon 26, Gumara 13, Salado 13, Nichols 9, Holts 8, Manga 5, Hernandez 4, Cadavis 4, Ortega 4, Salcedo 2
Quarter Scores: 24-13, 41-31, 64-58, 95-88
After blowing a huge double-digit lead the night before against University of Visayas, the NU Bulldogs reversed the script against Southwestern University and came away with a come-from-behind 83-68 win in Sunday's, November 16, main event at the Cebu Coliseum.
NU trailed by 20, 32-12, at one point in the first half before leaning on their headstrong defense to limit the Cobras to without a field goal in the entire second quarter.
After the Bulldogs tied the contest at 56 entering the final period, Gelo Alolino stepped up in the first few minutes of the fourth by hitting three consecutive 3-balls that resulted to a game-breaking 10-1 run.
Not long after, a 3-point play by big man Tristan Perez put the Bulldogs ahead by 11, 73-62, sealing the win.
Alolino finished with 13 points while Perez put up 12 markers. Glenn Khobuntin led the way with 17 points while Troy Rosario had 13. Big man Alfred Aroga finished with 10 points.
Mac Tallo led the way for SWU with 21 markers, while Landry Sanjo finished with 16.
NU now stands at 1-1 in the Elite Eight round, and will take on the San Beda Red Lions on Monday, November 24.
The Cobras fell to 0-3.
NU (83): Khobuntin 17, Rosario 13, Alolino 13, Perez 12, Aroga 10, Diputado 7, Javelona 6, Salim 3, Neypes 2, Alejandro 0, Yu 0, Betayene 0
SWU (68): Tallo 21, Sanjo 16, Goloran 11, J.R. Parker 10, Valdor 4, Holper 3, Luz 3, Mohammed 0, Bregondo 0, Pardo 0, Racho 0, Labitad 0
Quarter Scores: 16-33, 31-36, 56-56, 83-68