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Jalalon leads Arellano past San Beda in Finals rematch



In a rematch of Season 90’s finals, the Arellano University Chiefs, led by floor general Jio Jalalon, took a torn of their backs as they defeated the San Beda College Red Lions, 88-84 in the last game before the NCAA enters the all-star break at the Filoil Flying V Arena on Tuesday night.

Good ball movement enabled San Beda to push the ball in their interior frontcourt and score the game’s opening baskets. However, the Chiefs were answering with their own buckets as the teams raced to a 10-9 start in a good exchange nearly four minutes into the match. Arellano created separation scoring-wise with Jiovanni Jalalon anchoring their patented transition game and score seven out of the 15-4 scoring run at one point and eventually end the first ten minutes of action up by double digits.

As Arellano’s shooters started to find their mark in the second quarter, the Chiefs maintained the hold of their lead against the Red Lions. San Beda had a hard time breaking the six-point barrier in the opening minutes of the second canto with the Chiefs playing the passing lanes and converting them into points in their favor.

The game also raised its physical intensity as Ola Adeogun got frustrated with a call after a scuffle for the ball. The Red Lion behemoth then smashed their door of their locker room in dismay to the call during halftime. Fortunately for the defending champions, they were able to hold Arellano scoreless in the last three minutes of the first half and claw back to within four entering the break.

The Red Lions carried the momentum from the strong stretch as they ended the first half with a 13-3 run to open up the third quarter. During the spurt, Arellano started to go cold from distance while the frontcourt duo of Donald Tankoua and Art Dela Cruz bullied their defenders underneath for the inside buckets. Meanwhile, last year’s bridesmaid finishers scored 14 quiet points and had no answer in the Red Lions’ surge to end the third canto.

From the first possession of the last quarter, Arellano stepped on the gas pedal and took over the game with their running attack and frenetic defense. Six straight points on two treys by Nicholls and Salado transferred the momentum to their squad and build on the pace in their favor. After a while, the game suddenly turned into a shootout with the team’s gunslingers starting to catch fire late in the match.

Despite Radge Tongco burying his own shots from deep, Jalalon led the charge to answer every rally made by San Beda as Arellano led by six, 77-71 with about four minutes left in the match. They extended it once again to double digits with Allen Enriquez scoring on a good hard cut for a basket.

However, the defending champs fought back and made the game interesting with eight straight points while also forcing the Chiefs to a turnover with less than a minute to go. Dioncee Holts then caught a crucial steal and made the necessary free throws to make it a two-possession game. Tongco buried another late triple but came too late with Holts icing the game with his free throws.

Prior to the game, Jerry Condinera told his team that this was going to be a tough game. “You have to sacrifice your bodies especially against Ola [Adeogun] and [Pierre] Tankoua.” Looking back, however, the coach confessed that last year’s loss in the finals did not hurt for him compared to the heartbreak experienced by his players.

Jio Jalalon also added that his team told him that he should be more assertive on offense. “Pag nagsasag-off ang kalaban, sabi nila sa akin dapat tirahin ko,” he said regarding his game-breaking back-to-back triples late in the fourth quarter.

Smart Elite ambassador Jio Jalalon had a tremendous outing in scoring 22 points, grabbing six rebounds, dishing out eight assists, and stealing the ball four times. Jalalon also shot 9/17 from the field and was 3/4 from downtown. American student-athlete Dioncee Holts also had a great outing in scoring 21 points, grabbing 11 boards, and had a season-high five steals.

For the defending champions, Cameroonian student-athlete Pierre Tankoua stepped up for a dismal outing by Ola Adeogun in putting up 20 markers and had 12 boards. Dan Sara complimented the effort in scoring 16 poitns and was four of seven from rainbow distance.

As a team, Arellano shot 50% from the field compared to San Beda’s 44%. Moreover, the Chiefs outrebounded the taller defending champions by a margin of 13, 50-37.

The Red Lions finish the first round second in the standings with a 7-2 slate while the Chiefs climb up to 6-3, which is good for fourth.

The Scores:
AU (88) – Jalalon 22, Holts 21, Salado 14, Enrqiuez 12, Nicholls 6, Gumaru 5, Cadavis 4, Bangga 2, Tano 2, Capara 0, Meca 0, Ortega 0, Zamora 0.
SBC (84) – Tankoua 20, Sara 16, Dela Cruz 11, Adeogun 10, Koga 8, Tongco 6, Mocon 4, Soberano 3, Reyes 2, Presbitero 2, Solera 2, Cabanag 0, Bonsubre 0.
Quarterscores: 30-20, 41-37, 55-61, 88-84.



Calvin Abueva, Raymond Almazan cut from pool



SMART Gilas Pilipinas’ third session for the second leg of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers ended early on Monday evening.

Prior to the end of the practice, head coach Chot Reyes talked to team veterans Jayson Castro, Gabe Norwood, and June Mar Fajardo. The outspoken mentor told the seniors of the team that he is cutting Calvin Abueva and Raymond Almazan from the pool.

“The reason why we’re dropping Abueva and Almazan for the second window is because they haven’t showed up,” lamented Reyes.

“It’s already our third practice at hindi pa sila nagpapakita. It’s simply a matter of disinterest.

“I guess they’re not interested so we have to move on we can’t wait for those guys,” he pointed out.

Both Abueva and Almazan were part of the teams that competed in the 2017 SEABA Championship, the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup, and the first window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

Only 10 players from the pool showed up for the team’s third session. And with the second leg exactly one month away, Gilas cannot let a slip up happen especially against Australia.

“Aside from those two we don’t know where Matt Wright is, while Allein [Maliksi] is attending a wedding in Australia. Other than that it’s really just an issue of Calvin and Raymond if they don’t want to be a part of the pool.” expressed Reyes.

“That’s the reason we’re dropping them for the second window.”

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2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers

23 for 2023 cadets fill up Gilas practice



With just 31 days until the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, only 10 players from the pool attended the team’s third session, Monday evening at the Meralco Gym.

Suiting up in the session presided over by Coach Chot Reyes were June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, Troy Rosario, Jio Jalalon, Mac Belo, Kiefer Ravena, Kevin Alas, and Roger Pogoy. Carl Cruz and Jayson Castro were in attendance but were in street clothes.

Not present were Matthew Wright, Japeth Aguilar, and Allein Maliksi. Calvin Abueva and Raymond Almazan have yet to attend practice.

Joining the seniors team to prep them up for the World Cup Qualifiers were 10 players from the 23 for 2023 pool.

Ateneo Blue Eagle Matt Nieto attended his first Gilas practice. Joining him were teammates Isaac Go and Thirdy Ravena.

Completing the night’s cast were CJ Perez, Abu Tratter, Will Gozum, J-jay Alejandro, Arvin Tolentino, and Juan Gomez de Liano. Joshua Sinclair watched from the sidelines as he is still recovering from an ACL injury.

Gilas will take on Australia in Melbourne on February 22. The Philippine will then host Japan three days later at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

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San Beda fends off Letran for back-to-back wins



With seasoned setter John Carlo Desuyo steering the wheel to near perfection, the San Beda College romped to their second straight win.

The Red Spikers pulled double-digit outings from four players to upend archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights, 19-25, 25-13, 25-21, 25-22, and register their fourth win of the season, Monday early evening at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

It was the Knights, however, who started on the right foot, overhauling a 4-10 deficit to snag the first set. Better passing from liberos Aljune Centeno and Johnsen Timbreza resulted in kills from captain Bobby Gatdula.

Nonetheless, San Beda picked up the service game in the next three sets to ultimately finish off the blue-shirts.

Despite the win-loss record they currently sport, the Red Spiker playmaker admitted that t

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Michael Calisaan tows Che’lu-San Sebastian past Perpetual



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Michael Calisaan poured 20 points as he captained newcomer Che’Lu-San Sebastian Revellers to a decisive 83-70 win over the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas to start their voyage, Monday evening at the Pasig City Sports Center.

Doing it all for the Revellers, the veteran forward provided the stability for his side as he shot 8-of-15 from the field while also hauling down nine rebounds, two assists, and two steals in the conference-opening win.

But it wasn’t all Calisaan as Che’Lu got contributions from all over its roster.

Samboy de Leon chimed in 16 markers and nine boards. RK Ilagan went 2-of-5 from threes to collect 13 points, eight dimes, and three rebounds, while big men Alfred Batino and Jeepy Faundo combined for 20 in the victory.

Despite the triumph, coach Stevenson Tiu gave all the praise to his players, noting the team’s lack of time preparing for the tourney.

“Nanalo kami dahil sa talent ng players. Medyo mali ko rin kasi nahirapan pa ako mag-adjust sa players. Hopefully, we play much better in the coming games,” he said.

The Revellers used a 16-4 run to finally break away from the Altas, taking a 77-60 lead with 4:03 to play as they punished their foes for their turnovers, turning Perpetual’s 30 miscues to 28 points in their favor.

Prince Eze anchored the Altas with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and seven blocks in their first game under new head coach Frankie Lim.

Che’lu-San Sebastian look to make it two in a row when they take on the Wangs-Letran Couriers on Monday, January 29 at 5:00pm. Perpetual, on the other hand, hope they can notch their first win when they take on Mila’s Lechon Mighty Roasters.

The Scores:

Che’lu-SSCR 83 — Calisaan 20, De Leon 16, Ilagan 13, Batino 10, Faundo 10, Bulanadi 6, Costelo 6, Calma 2, David 0, Lao 0, Santos 0, Valdez 0.

UPHSD 70 — Eze 15, Coronel 13, Villanueva 13, Jimenez 9, Charcos 7, Peralta 7, Gallardo 5, Pido 1, Antonio 0, Aurin 0, Tamayo 0, Tongco 0.

Quarterscores: 17-22, 34-38, 59-53, 83-70.

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