Coach Koy Banal learned from mentor Tim Cone that a win is a win, be it in a tuneup match or a championship game.
The Arellano Chiefs played a no-bearing game against fellow also-ran Lyceum as if it was a playoff match, pulling of a 58-49 victory on Thursday in the 88th NCAA men’s basketball at the Arena in San Juan.
The Chiefs dictated the tempo throughout, and extended a nine-point halftime lead, 30-21, to as many as 13 points, 54-41, at the 4:14 mark of the fourth after a Rocky Acidre basket from beyond the three-point arc.
“I’ve learned from coach Tim (Cone) that we should play the same way. Whether we’re up by twenty or down by 20, may it be a chance to be in the Finals or an exhibition game,” said Arellano coach Koy Banal, also Cone’s deputy at San Mig Coffee in the PBA.
Fil-Canadian James Forrester came up with 24 points, on top of five triples, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block for Arellano, who improved their win-loss record to 6-10. Forrester also led the Chiefs with a career-high 28 markers, including seven treys, in their 75-82 loss to defending champion San Beda last September 21.
Shane Ko finished with 22 points, while Dexter Zamora chipped in 11 points for Lyceum, which absorbed its 14th loss in 17 outings.
Arellano (58): Forrester 24, Acidre 9, Pinto 6, Hernandez 5, Cadavis 4, Caperal 4, Salcedo 4, Bangga 2, Lunas 0, Palma 0
Lyceum (49): Ko 22, Zamora 11, Azores 8, Mallari 6, Garcia 2, Ambohot 0, Martinez 0, Pascual 0, Edding 0
Quarterscores: 13-10, 30-21, 48-37, 58-49