ARELLANO pulled away late to beat Perpetual Help, 83-78, on Sunday to win its opening game in the NCAA Season 92 seniors basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Jiovani Jalalon scored 25 points and seven rebounds, while Kent Salado poured in 14 for the Chiefs.
The pre-tournament favorite, Arellano started out jittery and battled to a tight game and needed a 6-0 run late to cement the win.
"Ang hirap kunin ‘yung first win," said Arellano coach Jerry Codinera. "’Yun ang pinakamahirap, mabuti at nakuha na namin this early.”
Lervin Flores powered his way to 13 rebounds in his first game in the NCAA with the Chiefs, who could not put the Altas early was still tied at 64 after the third period.
“Medyo tight lahat tapos kadalasan, offensive minded,” Codinera added.
Gab Dagangon had 17 points and 15 rebounds, while Prince Eze, who played extended minutes without injured center Bright Akhuetie, had 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Altas.
“They played well nung wala si Bright. Mas may fire sila. They have to double their efforts so mas maganda ang iikot nila ng bola,” said Codinera.
Leading 77-76, Zach Nicholls connected on a triple with 2:28 left in the fourth before Salado made it 82-76. Flores split his two free throws for a seven-point lead.
Arellano 83 — Jalalon 25, Salado 14, Holts 9, Flores 8, Nicholls 6, Gumaru 6, Canete 6, Meca 2, Cadavis 2, Alcoriza 2, Gupilan 2, Enriquez 1, Aguilar 0, Villoria 0.
Perpetual Help 78 — Dagangon 17, Eze 12, Dizon 12, Singontiko 8, Pido 8, Hao 6, Cabiltes 6, Sadiwa 5, Gallardo 4, Coronel 0.
Quarterscores: 25-24; 45-46; 64-64; 83-78.