Wednesday, 19 August 2009 29 Comments
After a heartbreaking 3 overtime loss in the 1st round, the Arellano Chiefs steam rolled to their 4th straight victory with a 82-72 win over the College of Saint Benilde Blazers on Aug 19 at the Filoil Flying V Arena. Gio Ciriacruz posted a career-high performance of 31 points and 16 rebounds trounced the Blazers without any production from their leading scorer, Jeff Morial.Â The Chiefs posted their biggest lead, 50-30, midway thru the 3rd period after a basket by Isiah Ciriacruz.
The Chiefs had a 16-point margin at the end of the 1st half but Chuck Dalanon and Jorey Tajonera ledÂ a 3rd quarter rally then grabbed the lead for the 1st time in the ballgame, 72-71, after Mc Abolucion made a lay up with 1:57 minutes left in the 3rdÂ period.
Gio Ciriacruz converted 2 crucial free throws to give the Chiefs a comfortable 3 point lead with 50 seconds left in regulation.Â Arellano out rebounded the Blazers, 44-30. Chuck Dalanon led the Blazers with 14 points and 8 rebounds on a losing cause.
â€œWe were slow to adjust that’s why we committed a lot of turnovers.Â We wanted to go zone when they went small, instead we went for aÂ 1-2-2 formation. Fortunately for us, our ploy worked because they weren’t hitting their outside shotsâ€, said Arellano head coach Junji Ablan after the game.
I told them not to relax until the final buzzer, Coach Ablan added.
Arellano 82 â€“ G.Ciriacruz 31, Celada 17, I. Ciriacruz 8, Apostol 6, Rivera 6, Tayongtong 5, Agustin 4, Reducto 3, Anquilo 2, Miranda 0.
CSB 72 â€“ Dalanon 14, Abolucion 12, Tajonera 11, Manlapaz 10, Urra 6, Johnston 6, Montecastro 4, Umlas 3, Manalac 2, Dela Paz 2, Morial 0, Tan 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 17-11, 38-22, 60-51, 82-72.