ARELLANO defeated Perth Shark, 84-79, on Thursday to remain undefeated in the 1st Philippine-Australia Goodwill Basketball Invitational at the Philsports Arena.
Brylle Meca had 23 points, while Gilas cadet pool member Jiovanni Jalalon had 17 points in his first game in the tournament to help the Chiefs score their third straight victory.
The Chiefs stepped closer to claiming the title, with the team holding the best record after one round bagging the crown.
“Hindi ko rin masabi ’yung condition ng mga bata kasi tatlong laro na kami,” said Arellano coach Jerry Codinera in his decision to field Jalalon in the game.
“Gusto rin namin manalo ng championship and win as many games as we can. Pero gusto ko rin makita how my players will respond sa mga malalaki,” Codinera added.
Arellano faces UAAP champion National University on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
The Shark got to within a point, 77-78, before the Chiefs limited the visiting Australian team to just a field goal in the final minute.
Sebastian Salinas powered the Shark with 25 points but his team remained winless in three games of the invitational organized by Sports Vision, and supported by MVP Sports Foundation and Sports5.
Arellano (84)—Meca 23, Jalalon 17, Celado 14, Holts 11, Bangga 7, Tano 4, Nichols 3, Ruiz 2, Suarez 2, Cedavis 1, Ortega 0, Ongolo 0.
Perth (79)—Salinas 25, Smith 23, Kereama 10, Palma 8, Sleeman 7, Biddle 3, Gusi 3, Clarke 0, Arquero 0.
Quarterscores: 16-19; 40-36; 65-57; 84-79.