Friday, 13 August 2010 14 Comments
The Arellano Chiefs maintained their composure down the stretch to defeat the Letran Knights, 78-76, at the Arena in San Juan City on August 13, 2010 thus completing their 1st round assignment with a 3-5 slate.
In the 1st quarter, the Letran Knights started strong in the early goings of the 1st quarter with a 7-0 run that led Coach Leo Isaac to call an early time out. Constant on the ball pressure by the Knights caused a lot of turnovers for Arellano. Franz Dysam’s hot hand from the 3-point area including some breakaway layups with the help of Kevin Alas, helped Letran establish a 26-11 lead at the 1:36 minute mark of the 1st period.
Jerald Lapuz and Andrian Celeda were the only bright spots for the Chiefs. The 1st quarter ended with Arellano trailing by 12-points, 31-19, after Vergel Zulueta converted on a kick out 3-pointer at the buzzer.
In the 2nd quarter, already settled and ready to take on the Knights, the Chiefs abandoned their usual zone defense in favor of man to man coverage to change the pace of the game. The Knights somehow were surprised by the move thus igniting Arellano’s fastbreak attack.
Isaiah Ciriacruz, Celada and Lapuz took advantage of Letran’s lapses on the offensive end and lackluster effort in transition. The ploy limited the Knights to just 7-points in the 2nd period ending the 1st half with the Chiefs on top by 7-points, 45-38.
Arellano had 20 rebounds compared to 9 rebounds for the Knights and had 14 Assists against Letran’s 7 assists ending the 1st half of play.
In the 3rd quarter, a series of baskets including a 3-pointer from Kevin Alas made it a 4-point game, 47-43 near the 8 minute mark but Ronnel Del Rosario and Lapuz combined for 4-point to make it a 51-46 lead for the Chiefs with 7:25 minutes left in the 3rd quarter.
Both teams filed to score in the next 4 minutes until Celada fouled Jaypee Belencion in the act of shooting from the 3-point area.
Belencion made 2 of 3 from the free throw line to trim their deficit to just 5-points, 55-50 at the 4:58 minute mark of the 3rd period. Celada, Tayongtong and Lapuz kept the Chiefs afloat with above average execution offensively despite the pressure applied by the Knights, ending the period with a 62-58 lead heading into the final quarter.
Duplicating their intensity in the 1st quarter, Letran continued to apply ball pressure making it a 62-60 lead for the Chiefs. Then Dysam connected with a jumper at 8:47 minute mark, to tie the game at 62-all. At the 8:00 minute mark, Jonathan Belorio broke the tie with a 3-point basket to make it 65-62 for the Knights.
In the last 4 minutes of regulation, despite the hustle and aggressive play by Letran, Celada, Lapuz maintained their poise for that 78-76 Arellano victory.
Letran had 21 turnover points while Arellano had 14. Due to the relentless defense shown by Letran, Arellano committed 32 turnovers with only 17 for the Knights. Letran also had 11 steals against Arellano’s 11.
AU 78 – Lapuz 29 , Celada 15, Tayongtong 13, Zulueta 9, Ciriacruz 4, Acidre 3, Caperal 3, Del Rosario 2
CSJL 76 – Dysam 19, K. Alas 13, Belorio 12, Cortes 9, Belencion 8, Kt. Alas 7, Espiritu 5, Taplah 3
Quarter Scores: 19-31, 45-38, 62-58, 78-76