NCAA: Jalalon leads Arellano in EAC win
Jiovani Jalalon made the biggest difference for Arellano University as the Chiefs staved off a furious Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) squad, 92-80, on Tuesday in the NCAA Season 91 men’s basketball tourney at San Juan Arena.
Jalalon, a Gilas cadet, tallied a superb statline with his first career triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists.
“It makes your job easier when you have a point guard like him,” said coach Jerry Codinera of his star guard.
Arellano seemed like it was well on its way to a convincing rout after firing a 13-1 run in the second to turn a 30-22 affair to a 43-23 lead. But Sidney Onwubere kept the Generals fighting and even trimmed the deficit to nine, 85-76, with three minutes left in the fourth.
However, time just ran out of EAC as Arellano improved to 2-1.
Zach Nicholls led the Chiefs in scoring with 18 markers on a 4-of-9 shooting from threes, while Allen Enriquez chimed in 11.
Onwubere was the lone bright spot for EAC (0-3) with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and five steals.
ARELLANO 92—Nicholls 18, Jalalon 12, Enriquez 11, Holts 9, Bangga 8, Gumaru 8, Salado 6, Cadavis 6, Meca 4, Tano 4, Ortega 2, Zamora 2, Capara 0, Ongolo 0
EAC 80—Onwubere 26, Adoum Abba 11, Morada 8, Munsayac 8, Hamadou 7, Mejos 4, Corilla 4, Estacio 4, Pascua 3, Bonleon 3, Pascual 2, Diego 0, Mallari 0
Quarters: 22-14, 51-33, 74-59, 92-80
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