The Arellano Chiefs gained some sort of revenge when it defeated the San Beda Red Lions, 88-84 in a rematch of last year’s finals to cap off the first round of eliminations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Season 91 Men’s Basketball Tournament on Tuesday night, August 18, at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.
In a game of runs, the Legarda-based school went on an 18-3 scoring blast to open the fourth quarter spearheaded by Jiovani Jalalon, who was on a tear and scoring from all over the floor.
As expected, the five-time reigning champion refused to go away easily, and Art dela Cruz managed to cut the deficit to three. However, San Beda cannot take control of the ball in the next possessions and Arellano managed to knock down the crucial free throws to put the game out of reach.
Jalalon was named the best player of the ball game with 22 points, six rebounds, while dishing out eight assists and recording four steals.
It was a groundbreaking achievement for the Chiefs, as it gave them their first victory over San Beda since joining the NCAA in 2009.
Looking at the other side of the fence, San Beda suffered its first loss of the season after leading through three quarters. They were 7-0 on their previous assignments.
Earlier in the day, the University of Perpetual Help Altas outlasted the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers in overtime, 86-83.
It was a nip and tuck affair all game long as both teams grinded it out until the final moments of regulation. Down three with less than 20 seconds to go, JRU’s Dave Sanchez hoisted up a trey from the left wing that found the bottom of the net to keep the Heavy Bombers alive.
In the extra session however, big man Bright Akhuetie simply took over for the Altas by scoring at will in numerous ways inside the paint. That made all the difference as Perpetual bagged their seventh victory against two losses.
Akhuetie had a terrific performance which consisted of 32 points, 12 rebounds, and three assists. The Nigerian also made his presence felt on the defensive end by having two steals and two blocks.
The NCAA will take a break from its usual schedule this Friday to make way for its All Star event, also to be held at the FilOil Flying V Arena. Festivities will begin at 2 p.m.