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With Kent Salado down, Chiefs step up as Arellano stays alive

Posted: October 11, 2017

From tiebreakertimes website: 
By Matthew Li


Needing to win their remaining games, the Arellano University Chiefs gutted it out against the San Sebastian Golden Stags, taking an 85-79 victory, Tuesday afternoon at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

The win lifted Arellano to a tie with San Sebastian at fifth in the standings with identical 7-9. Moreover, this is the Chiefs’ second straight win while handing the Golden Stags its third straight loss.

Kent Salado paced the Chiefs in the first three quarters with 22 points on an excellent 8-for-13 shooting clip to go along with four rebounds, six assists, and two steals.

However, with 8:22 left in the contest and Arellano up 63-57, disaster struck the Chiefs, as RK Ilagan fell on Salado’s right leg forcing the Arellano ace out of the game.

“Nung three quarters it was laid down by Kent, hindi lang naman siya, pero we already had a good start,” said Arellano head coach Jerry Codinera. “It’s up to the others na lang and it’s high time for them to know how to close it without Kent.”

With Salado out, the Golden Stags went on a run behind sniper RK Ilagan. The gunslinger scored five straight points with 6:35 left to cut the lead to just three, 62-65.

But the Chiefs were able to answer right back. A triple by Zach Nicholls sparked 15-8 rally, with Richard Abanes, Michael Canete, and Levi dela Cruz contributing to the cause, helping Arellano gain an 83-70 lead with 49 ticks left.

“Minor adjustments lang on our end. Nung una I feel na our team doesn’t really believe in team defense, akala nila pick-and-roll defense is just the work of two guys lang. Pero in the end nagtulong-tulong kami,” shared Codinera, who is known as the Defensive Minister back in his heydays.

Canete powered the Chiefs with 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting, while Dela Cruz chipped in 10 points off the bench. Though he finished with just four points, Lervin Flores did the dirty work for the Chiefs with six rebounds and four blocks.

Allyn Bulanadi and Ilagan finished with 14 markers each, while JM Calma added 12 points and 13 rebounds. Michael Calisaan struggled in the game, finishing with just seven points and eight rebounds.

Arellano play their penultimate game of the round on Thursday, October 12, against the Perpetual Altas at 2:00pm. San Sebastian, on the other hand, take on the Mapua Cardinals on Friday, October 13, at 12:00nn.

The Scores:

AU 85 – Salado 22, Cañete 15, Dela Cruz 10, Nicholls 9, Viloria 8, Abanes 6, Flores 4, Meca 4, Alcoriza 3, Concepcion 2, Enriquez 2, Taywan 0.

SSC-R 79 – Bulanadi 14, Ilagan 14, Calma 12, Gayosa 9, Navarro 9, Calisaan 7, Capobres 7, Costelo 3, David 2, Mercado 2, Baetiong 0, Quipse 0, Valdez 0.


Arellano survives Salado's injury to stay in playoff hunt

Posted: October 11, 2017

From website:
By Norman Lee Benjamin Riego


HERE I COME. Kent Salado and Arellano are, all of a sudden, in joint possession of the fifth spot.


Don't look now, but "Master Chief" Kent Salado and Arellano Univerity are cooking just as they have been pushed to the brink in the NCAA 93 Men's Basketball Tournament.

Salado fired 22 points all while steering his Chiefs to the strong start that eventually ended as an 85-79 triumph over San Sebastian College-Recoletos on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Building off their biggest win in the season just last Friday, Salado and his crew raced to a 15-7 lead in the first five minutes of this one. “Nung first three quarters, our good start was laid out by Kent,” a satisfied head coach Jerry Codinera said.

They would remain ahead before the Golden Stags made their inevitable run and came to as close as 62-65 early in the final frame.

Making things worse for Arellano was the leg injury their floor leader sustained in a rebounding sequence against RK Ilagan.

Still, they found a way, with Levi Dela Cruz taking the reins of leadership and Richard Abanes and Michael Canete taking over on offense. “It’s high time for them to know how to close (the game) without Kent,” Codinera said.

With Baste decreasing its deficit to just 65-71 with under two minutes remaining, Abanes and Canete connived for a 7-2 run that granted a 78-70 advantage in favor of the Chiefs.

Not long after, they were celebrating their second consecutive victory that raises their record to 7-9 - all even with San Sebastian for the fifth spot and just behind fourth-running and 8-8 Colegio de San Juan de Letran.

The late-tournament run is a much-welcome development for an Arellano side which looked listless in the earlygoing. This, following their runner-up finish a season ago.

They are only hoping the magic continues in their last two assignments up against University of Perpetual Help and Mapua University.

The same can’t be said for the Golden Stags who suffered their second straight setback. Now, they are also in a must-win situation as they wrap up the elimination round also versus the Cardinals and the Altas.

Ilagan and Allyn Bulanadi paced them with 14 points apiece. Main man Michael Calisaan was limited to only seven points.


ARELLANO 85 - Salado 22, Cañete 15, Dela Cruz 10, Nicholls 9, Viloria 8, Abanes 6, Flores 4, Meca 4, Alcoriza 3, Concepcion 2, Enriquez 2, Taywan 0.

SAN SEBASTIAN 79 - Bulanadi 14, Ilagan 14, Calma 12, Gayosa 9, Navarro 9, Calisaan 7, Capobres 7, Costelo 3, David 2, Mercado 2, Baetiong 0, Quipse 0, Valdez 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 20-19, 38-33, 60-52, 85-79.


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