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Games Tomorrow
(The Arena, San Juan City)
10 a.m. – JRU vs Letran (jrs)
12 noon – San Beda vs Mapua (jrs)
2 p.m. – JRU vs Letran (srs)
4 p.m. – San Beda vs Mapua (srs)

Jalalon backs up with 15 points, 12 assists.

Arellano needed a late push in the fourth quarter to turn back Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC), 88-82, yesterday for a share of third place in NCAA men’s basketball at The Arena in San Juan City.

Down, 74-73, in the final 5:07, the Chiefs unleashed an 8-0 blast led by Jio Jalalon and Lervin Flores to grab an 81-74 lead which they never relinquished.

The Generals had a chance to trim the gap in the last 2:50 with Hamadou Laminou awarded four charities – two coming from lane violations – but the burly center managed only one for 81-75.

It was Arellano’s fourth victory against two losses, tying defending champion Letran.

“It’s good to be back in the win column,” said Arellano coach Jerry Codiñera. “We were able to move on from our losses and we all depended on our team concept, our team effort.”

Flores bannered the Chiefs with a double-double effort of 20 points and 15 rebounds, even as Jio Jalalon sparkled with 15 points, 12 assists, three boards and three steals.

Julius Cadavis and Rence Alcoriza also provided ample support with 12 and 10 markers, respectively.

EAC fell to 1-5 and dug itself deeper down cellar despite the efforts of Cameroonian Hamadou Laminou, who scattered 17 of his 23 points in the last two periods while hauling eight rebounds.

“We did not take EAC lightly in this game. They have so many close games,” said Codiñera.

Remy Morada finished with 17 points, while Sidney Onwubere chipped in 16 markers for the Generals, who rose from a 2-13 first-quarter deficit before losing steam in the crucial moments.

Scores:
ARELLANO 88 – Flores 20, Jalalon 15, Cadavis 12, Alcoriza 10, Salado 7, Nichols 7, Villoria 5, Canete 4, Gumaru 3, Zamora 3, Holts 1, Enriquez 1, Aguilar 0, Meca 0, Gupilan 0.

EAC 82 – Laminou 23, Morada 17, Onwubere 16, King 11, Munsayac 10, Guzman 3, Pascua 1, General 1, Diego 0, Corilla 0, Aguas 0, Estacio 0, Mendoza 0, Serrano 0.

Quarters: 21-22, 45-36, 62-66, 88-82.

Second Game
LYCEUM 83 – Nzeusseu 26, Baltazar 14, Ayaay 10, Alanes 10, Caduyac 9, Marata 7, Serafico 4, Alban 2, Malabanan 1, Soliman 0, Magbuhos 0.

SAN SEBASTIAN 79 – Costelo 23, Fabian 19, Ilagan 15, Calisaan 10, Mercado 3, Quipse 3, Serajosef 2, Johnson 2, Calma 2, Baetiong 0, Capobres 0, Valdez 0, Gayosa 0, David 0, Bulunadi 0.

Quarters: 23-24, 48-41, 59-58, 83-79.

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