JIOVANI Jalalon registered a triple-double and took charge in the overtime period of Arellano’s thrilling 84-77 win over a Bright Akhuetie-less Perpetual Help University Friday in Season 91 of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena.
Jalalon had 32 points, 10 rebounds, 15 assists, and one steal in an all-around effort that gave the Chiefs their eighth win in 12 outings, tying them with their victim at third place.
The pride of Cagayan de Oro City highlighted his heroics by accounting for 11 of Arellano’s 16 points in the extra period, including a tip in off a Julius Cadavis miss and a conversion off a steal on Gab Dagangon.
“Kumpyansa lang kami kasi wala import nila,” said Jalalon. “Sabi ko maka-una lang kami ‘yun na.”
From a close 71-70 contest, Dioncee Holts combined with Jalalon to put together eight unanswered points to stretch Arellano’s lead to 79-70, just enough cushion for the Chiefs to hang on at endgame.
“Medyo nawawalan ng composure ang mga players but they followed instructions,” said Arellano coach Jerry Codinera.
Zach Nichols added 14 points, including four triples, for the Chiefs, while Holts and Allen Enriquez combined for 16 markers.
Pro-bound Scottie Thompson also had a triple-double for Perpetual with 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists, Prince Eze chipped in 19 markers, 15 boards, and two blocks, while Antonio Coronel added 16.
Akhuetie missed the game due to a shoulder injury.
Arellano (84) - Jalalon 32, Nicholls 14, Holts 8, Enriquez 8, Meca 7, Bangga 6, Salado 4, Cadavis 3, Gumaru 1, Ortega 1, Capara 0, Tano 0.
Perpetual Help (77) - Thompson 24, Eze 19, Coronel 16, Gallardo 6, Dagangon 4, Ylagan 3, Oliveria 2, Cabiltes 2, Dizon 1, Tamayo 0, Bantayan 9, Sadiwa 0, Elopre 0.
Quarterscores: 21-16; 39-40; 57-53; 68-68 (reg); 84-77.