ARELLANO University head coach Jerry Codinera is not expecting an easy tussle opposite Mapua in the 92nd NCAA Final Four on Friday.
His main concern is reigning MVP Allwell Oraeme, the Cardinals star who he calls a “super import.”
"Contender yun (Mapua) tsaka MVP yung import nila. So we just have to be positive," said Codinera.
The Chiefs are looking to bounce back from a heartbreaking loss in the playoff for the Final Four top seeding against San Beda.
Still, Codinera is confident the Chiefs and their homegrown main man who delivers import-like numbers.
Jalalon has been carrying the bulk of the load for the Chief, but Codinera hopes other players will step up in the Final Four.
The Chiefs and Cardinals begin battle at the MOA Arena at 4 p.m. on Friday.
"Kami naman ang import is yung local, si (Jio) Jalalon," he said. "So wala naman kaming super import, di ba? The numbers of those imports, si Jalalon ang nagpo-provide."
"We're trying to keep yung mga guys namin on a positive note sana coming doon sa playoff game kasi merong medyo mababa ang nilalaro sa amin sa small forward: sila Zach (Nicholls), (Donald) Gumaru, hindi maka-roll. So ayun," he added.
Jalalon is also urging the rest of the Chiefs to do better, saying getting swept by the Red Lions in their three matches is not a good sign.
"Pagdating sa semis, kelangan naming making kaming lahat. Kasi parang ngayon, nagkanya-kanya na kami e. Nawala yung first (round) na sobrang teamwork namin. Kelangan naming mag-practice nang maayos," he said.