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San Beda, Arellano in semis

  • Written by Theodore P. Jurado
  • Published in Basketball
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ARELLANO University and San Beda clinched the first two Final Four slots while University of Perpetual Help System Dalta moved on the cusp of advancing to the post-season yesterday in the NCAA seniors basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Jiovanni Jalalon missed another chance at a triple-double but it did not matter as the Chiefs returned to the semifinals after a one-year absence with a 83-74 victory over Letran.

Arnaud Noah finished with 22 points as the Red Lions extended their Final Four streak to 11 seasons with a 89-73 victory over Lyceum of the Philippines.

The Altas turned to Bright Akhuetie in second overtime to beat Jose Rizal University, 89-80, and move closer in making a return semifinals stint.

Arellano kept the stranglehold of the top spot with a 12-3 record, while San Beda stayed in second spot at 12-4, as the two teams remained on course for twice-to-beat incentives in the Final Four.
   
Jalalon finished with 22 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists as the Chiefs fended off a stirring Knights uprising in the second half to prevail.
   
“Masayang masaya kami na nakabalik sa Final Four. Finally at nakuha namin. Grabe ang effort ng mga bata, sobra,” said Arellano coach Jerry  Codiñera.
   
Despite all the struggles of losing Donald Tankoua to a season-ending injury, the Lions achieved their initial goal of making it to the Final Four but they are looking at the bigger picture -- a redemption from last season’s Finals setback.
   
“Well of course, you are happy that you are there. But there are still remaining to be played to determine where you will end up in the playoffs. We will try to work a little harder and play a little harder,” said coach Jamike Jarin, whose Lions ended a two-game slide.
   
Akhuetie banged his way to seven of his game-high 28 points  in the second extension while pulling down 18 rebounds to power the Altas to their 11th win against four losses.
   
“At least na-lessen yung sakit sa dibdib sa sama ng pagkatalo namin sa Letran. The players did not give up,” said Perpetual Help mentor Jimwell Gican.The scores:
   
First game
   
UPHSD (89) -- Akhuetie 28, Dagangon 15, Singontiko 13, Ilagan 10, Coronel 9, Pido 6, Sadiwa 4, Eze 4, Gallardo 0, Dizon 0.
   
JRU (80) -- Teodoro 23, Grospe 15, Dela Virgen 13, Dela Paz 11, Abdul Wahab 6, Pontejos 5, Cruz 4, Mendoza 3, Poutouochi 2, Lasquety 0, Astilla 0.
   
Quarterscores: 14-11, 27-28, 43-43, 64-64, 74-74, 89-80.
   
Second game
   
SBC (89) -- Noah 22, Potts 19, Soberano 17, Mocon 12, Sara 9, Adamos 6, Bolick 2, Optana 2, Presbitero 0, Tongco 0, Bahio 0, Bonsubre 0.
   
LPU (73) -- Caduyac 27, Ayaay 17, Marata 11, Soliman 6, Nzeusseu 5, Alban 4, Baltazar 3, Gabayni 0, Alanes 0, Rubite 0, Soriano 0, Bulawan 0, Serafico 0.
   
Quarterscores: 21-14, 46-32, 64-55, 89-73.
   
Third game
   
AU (83) -- Jalalon 22, Salado 12, Gumaru 10, Cadavis 8, Holts 8, Nichols 8, Meca 7, Flores 6, Villoria 2, Aguilar 0, Enriquez 0, Gupilan 0.
   
CSJL (74) -- Nambatac 28, Sollano 15, Quinto 10, Balanza 9, Calvo 7, Luib 3, Apreku 2, Ambohot 0, Balagasay 0, Bernabe 0, Dela Pena 0.
   
Quarterscores: 20-10; 45-30; 65-53; 83-74.