(The Arena, San Juan City)
10 a.m. – CSB vs Lyceum (jrs.)
11:45 a.m. – Letran vs SBC (jrs.)
2 p.m. – EAC vs Mapua (srs.)
4 p.m. – CSB vs SSC (srs.)
JRU Bombers mangle Red Lions.
Spitfire Jio Jalalon delivered in the crucial stretch as Arellano turned back Lyceum, 78-75, yesterday in NCAA men’s basketball at The Arena in San Juan.
The veteran point guard poured 15 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, including eight in the last two minutes that set the tone for the Chiefs in clinching their 11th victory against three losses.
The victory put Arellano at No. 1 two hours after Jose Rizal University stunned San Beda, 97-88, to improve to 9-6 at fifth place.
San Beda’s loss – its fourth against 11 triumphs – put them at second place.
The Bombers dominated the Lions throughout, leading by as many as 27 points while finishing with a season-high 45.33 percent in fieldgoals (34-of-75).
JRU zoomed early with a 33-18 first-quarter lead, thanks to Teytey Teodoro, who scattered 10 of his 28 points in the opening period.
Mark Dela Virgen and Mark Cruz also sizzled for the Bombers with 20 and 11 points, respectively, even as Ervin Grospe and Abdel Poutouochi chipped in 10 markers each.
JRU’s triumph came after the NCAA Management Committee denied the protest the team filed seeking a replay of their 63-60 defeat to Emilio Aguinaldo College last Aug. 30.
The Bombers were contending that there was still time left when EAC’s Remy Morada fouled Teodoro when the latter was attempting a three-point shot.
But the referees decided the foul came after the time expired, nullying Morada’s foul, after a series of video replays.
Meanwhile, it was a morale-boosting victory for Arellano, which was coming off a 76-62 loss to University of Perpetual Help last week that halted its seven-game winning streak.
Jalalon shot 14-of-24 from the field and finished with six rebounds and two assists.
Lervin Flores also displayed his all-around game for Arellano, firing 15 points and swatting away four blocks, while Kent Salado finished with 13 points, five boards and five assists.
Lyceum absorbed its fourth straight defeat to slip at 5-10.
ARELLANO 78 – Jalalon 33, Flores 15, Salado 13, Aguilar 5, Villoria 3, Zamora 3, Enriquez 2, Cadavis 2, Holts 1, Gumaru 1, Nichols 0, Meca 0.
LYCEUM 75 – Ayaay 18, Marata 15, Nzeusseu 14, Caduyac 7, Soliman 6, Gabayni 5, Baltazar 4, Alban 3, Magbuhos 2, Rubite 1, Bulawan 0, Malabanan 0.
Quarters: 17-11; 36-29; 55-55; 78-75.
JRU 97 – Teodoro 28, Dela Virgen 20, Cruz 11, Poutouochi 10, Grospe 10, Pontejos 6, AbdulWahab 6, Dela Paz 4, Lasquety 2.
SAN BEDA 88 – Mocon 26, Sara 13, Noah 11, Bolick 10, Potts 9, Soberano 5, Tongco 5, Optana 5, Presbitero 2, Adamos 2, Bahio 0, Bonsubre 0, Carlos 0.
Quarters: 33-18; 56-34; 79-57; 97-88.