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No Salado? No problem for Chiefs

  • Written by Theodore Jurado
  • Published in Basketball
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ARELLANO University bucked the absence of ace guard Kent Salado to outlast University of Perpetual Help System Dalta, 62-52, and continue its last-ditch Final Four bid in the NCAA seniors basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Lightning-quick Levi dela Cruz handled the backcourt duties with aplomb that somehow filled the Salado void and helped the Chiefs notch their third straight win.

With an  8-9 (win-loss) card, Arellano is just half-a-game behind fourth-running Letran, which owns an even 8-8 slate, in the race for the remaining semifinal  berth.

“The players knew before the game that with or without Salado, we have to find ways to win. Good thing we did,” said Chiefs coach Jerry Codiñera.

Salado, who came into the game averaging a league-best 19 points and five assists, missed the game due to a   right MCL (medial collateral ligament) tear he suffered in Arellano’s 85-79 win over San Sebastian Tuesday.

Lervin Flores posted 19 points, eight rebounds and four blocks while Rence Alcoriza scattered 16 points, including two triples for the Chiefs.
    
Later, College of Saint Benilde sent Emilio Aguinaldo College packing with a 94-84 overtime victory.
    
The scores:
    
First Game
    
AU (62) – Flores 19, Alcoriza 16, Dela Cruz 11, Cañete 6, Nicholls 5, Villoria 4, Meca 1, Enriquez 0, Abanes 0, Ongolo Ongolo 0, Taywan 0, Concepcion 0, Padilla 09
    
UPHSD (52) – Coronel 14, Eze 11, Lucente 10, Pido 8, Dagangon 6, Ylagan 3, Tamayo 0, Casas 0, Clemente 0, Yuhico 0, Mangalino 0, Sadiwa 0.
    
Quarterscores: 14-17, 29-23, 48-34, 62-52
    
Second Game
    
CSB (94) – Leutcheu 24, Dixon 19, Naboa 13, Domingo 10, San Juan 7, Suarez 6, Castro 4, Johnson 4, Sta. Maria 3, Belgica 2, Young 1, Velasco 1, Bunyi 0, Pili 0.
    
EAC (84) – Bautista 17, Munsayac 16, Onwubere 15, Garcia 14, Bugarin 8, Diego 7, I. Mendoza 2, J. Mendoza 2, Tampoc 2, Pascua 1, Corilla 0, Neri 0.
     
Quarterscores: 14-10, 30-36, 55-55, 78-78, 94-84