ARELLANO rolled off to a hot start, zooming past unbeaten San Beda early in the first quarter.
But the Arellano bus stalled in the second half, and Chiefs coach Jerry Codinera looked to the 'Bus Driver' and the 'Conductor' for some explanation behind their sorry loss to the Red Lions on Friday.
Codinera lamented that the Chiefs relied too much on individual plays, specifically from star guards Jio Jalalon and Kent Salado.
The Arellano coach rued Jalalon and Salado’s assists total as they only combined for seven in the match that saw Arellano squander a 22-point lead to bow to San Beda, 101-86.
“Mababa ‘yung assists nila. Hindi nila na-involve ‘yung mga pasahero nila sa bus. Kunduktor at driver lang ang naglaro,” said Codinera, referring to Jalalon and Salado's 'The Bus Driver' and 'The Conductor' monikers, respectively.
Jalalon regained his scoring touch, following an eight-point output against Mapua on Tuesday with 25 points in the contest. Salado also poured in 16, but it was not enough as the Chiefs were outscored by the Red Lions, 64-39, in the second half.
“The challenge there is how you are going to involve your teammates,” said Codinera, who didn't even bother inserting Salado back in the game down the stretch.
“It wouldn’t make a difference anymore,” said Codinera.
The Chiefs hope to get back on track against Emilio Aguinaldo College on Tuesday.