Jiovani Jalalon continues to prove why he is “The Bus Driver” as Arellano University cruised to its debut win behind his heroics, 83-78, in the NCAA Season 92 Men’s Basketball Division on Sunday, at the FilOil Flying V Arena, San Juan.
They may have been denied a spot in the last season’s Final Four, but the Arellano Chiefs made sure that this time, they will make up for the lost chance and play head on this Season 92.
“He played like an MVP for us”, said Arellano University Head Coach Jerry Codiniera pertaining to his star player Jalalon, as “The Bus Driver” blasted 25 points, anchored with 9 boards, 3 assists, and 2 steals to steer the Chiefs to their 1-0 win-loss tally.
Perpetual Help gave the Chiefs a hard time scoring baskets though, with the help of Nigerian reinforcement Prince Eze’s head-on joust with Arellano University’s Dioncee Holts.
Despite losing to Arellano, Eze, who finished with still did a splendid job in filling in for the Altas’ star import Bright Akhuetie, who is currently nursing a knee injury.
It also did not help that newbie Lervin Flores became a steady force on the paint for the Chiefs as he went solid with 13 rebounds along with 8 markers and 2 blocks to aid the Legarda-based squad in achieving its maiden win.
“He is what this team needs, someone who can rebound the ball’, Codiniera commended about his new acquisition Lervin Flores.
“The Bus Driver” led the surge onset of the second half, but the overall improved defense performance of the Chiefs was very evident which then boosted Jalalon’s explosion even more.
Meanwhile, Gabriel Dagangon finished with 17 points, followed by Prince Eze’s double-double output of 12 hits and 15 boards, yet all in a losing effort for the Perpetual Help Altas.
Arellano Chiefs (83) – Jalalon 25, Salado 14, Holts 9, Flores 8, Nicholls 6, Gumaru 6, Canete 6, Meca 2, Cadavis 2, Alcoriza 2, Gupilan 2, Enriquez 1, Aguilar 0, Villoria 0.
Perpetual Help Altas (78) – Dagangon 17, Eze 12, Dizon 12, Pido 8, Singontiko 8, Hao 6, Cabiltes 6, Sadiwa 5, Gallardo 4, Coronel 0.
Quarterscores: 25-24, 45-46, 64-64, 83-78.