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    Baltazar posts double-double as La Salle blasts Arellano for Filoil hat-trick

    May 23, 2019
    PHOTO: marlo cueto

    LA Salle made it three straight wins in the 2019 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup, blasting Arellano, 95-62, Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

    Justine Baltazar ushered the 33-point rout with his 21 points and 16 rebounds as the Green Archers went up to 4-1 in Group A.

    Aljun Melecio added 16 points on a 4-of-7 shooting from threes, to go with seven assists and two boards, while Encho Serrano sustained his deadly form to wound up with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and three assists.

    Jordan Bartlett also had his share with 11 points, four dimes, and three rebounds in the win.

    La Salle broke the game wide open in the third quarter, outscoring Arellano, 26-10 to turn a 35-38 halftime deficit to a commanding 61-48 advantage.

    The Chiefs remained in the hunt for their first win, losing all of their four outings in the summer tourney.

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    Alfred Bayla scored 19 points and seven rebounds for the winless Arellano, while Kent Salado got 14 points, four boards, and two assists.

    The scores:

    LA SALLE 95 -- Baltazar 21, Melecio 16, Serrano 16, Bartlett 11, Caracut 8, Lojera 8, David 5, Escandor 3, Cu 3, Capacio 2, Lim 0, Manaytay 0.

    ARELLANO 62 -- Bayla 19, Salado 14, Arana 8, Concepcion 5, Alcoriza 4, Sacramento 4, Villar 4, Segura 2, Loyola 2, Sablan 0, Espiritu 0, Santos 0, Gayosa 0, Cruz 0, Sunga 0, Sera Josef 0.

    Quarters: 17-19, 35-38, 61-48, 95-62.

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