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Chiefs, Lions pocket ‘bonus’

  • Written by Theodore P. Jurado
  • Published in Basketball
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University of Perpetual Help’s point guard Kieth Pido challenges the tight defense of Ranbill Tongco of San Beda  during the first quarter action of their game yesterday. Photo by: Dennis Caparas Abrina University of Perpetual Help’s point guard Kieth Pido challenges the tight defense of Ranbill Tongco of San Beda during the first quarter action of their game yesterday.

ARELLANO University and San Beda nailed the twice-to-beat incentives in the Final Four after besting their respective foes yesterday in the NCAA seniors basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Using a three-guard rotation, the Chiefs picked up the pace in the final five minutes of play to repulse Mapua, 95-82, while the Red Lions were superb in executing plays in the last six minutes to beat University of Perpetual Help System Dalta, 84-75.

College of Saint Benilde now holds the record for the most number of losses in one season with 17 after dropping a 62-65 decision to Emilio Aguinaldo College.

Arellano improved to a league-best 14-3 slate, while San Beda remained in second at 13-4, as the top two teams clash in a potential championship preview on the final day of eliminations on Friday.

The Cardinals and the Altas fell at 11-6, as their match-up on Friday will determine their rankings for No. 3 and 4 in the semifinals.
   
Trailing by one entering the six-minute mark, Chiefs coach Jerry Codinera inserted birthday boy Donald Gumaru to boost the crack backcourt duo of Jiovanni Jalalon and Kent Salado.
   
It worked wonders for Arellano, as Gumaru hit back-to-back triples to jumpstart the breakaway while Jalalon and Salado provided the finishing touches for the Legarda-based squad.
   
“They can do both on offense and at the same time, they give me the quality of defense na hindi makuha ng mga forwards. And it paid off,” said Codinera, on his decision to go on the three-guard combo late in the game.
   
AC Soberano, Davon Potts and Robert Bolick sparkled in cruchtime, thanks to Dan Sara’s execution of plays as the Lions were assured of a Top 2 finish for the 11th straight season.
   
San Beda made this far even without injured slotman Donald Tankoua, which rattled coach Jamike Jarin’s rotation in the second round.
   
“If Donald is playing right now, we would have been really solid inside the paint,” said Jarin. “It’s not easy, it has to be collective effort. Every game namin, dati it has to come out natural. Now, kailangang himayin mo the match-ups and timing. Every game is a battlefield for us.”
   
Soberano came through with 18 points while Potts added 15 points and Javee Mocon had 14 points and 13 boards for San Beda.
   
The loss negated Bright Akhuetie’s monster game of 29 points and 18 boards for the Altas.
   
The scores:
   
First Game
   
EAC (65) – Morada 18, Hamadou Laminou 12, Diego 9, Guzman 9, King 5, General 5, Corilla 3, Mendoza 2, Pascua 2, Neri 0, Serrano 0, Aguas 0.
   
CSB (62) – Young 14, Leutcheu 12, Dixon 10, Fajarito 8, Haruna 7, Suarez 4, Domingo JJ. 3, Castor 2, Belgica 2, Pasamante 0, Pajarillaga 0, Saavedra 0.
   
Quarterscores: 15-16, 33-29, 49-42, 65-62
   
Second Game
   
AU (95) – Jalalon 35, Salado 15, Gumaru 15, Cadavis 7, Flores 6, Cañete 5, Enriquez 4, Nicholls 3, Meca 3, Villoria 2, Holts 0, Aguilar 0.
   
MIT (82) – Isit 25, Menina 16, Oraeme 13, Eriobu 8, Orquina 7, Raflores 6, Estrella 3, Aguirre 2, Serrano 2, Victoria 0, Bunag 0.
   
Quarterscores: 16-13, 45-35, 67-63, 95-82
   
Third Game
   
SBC (84) – Soberano 18, Potts 15, Mocon 14, Bolick 9, Adamos 9, Presbitero 7, Sara 6, Oftana 3, Noah 3, Tongco 0, Alas 0, Bahio 0, Bonsubre 0, Navarro 0.
   
UPHSD (75) – Akhuetie 29, Ylagan 16, Dagangon 11, Coronel 9, Singontiko 5, Pido 2, Eze 2, Gallardo 1, Sadiwa 0, Dizon 0.
   
Quarterscores: 20-12, 37-35, 55-58, 84-75