Maui Sera Josef led the crucial run of Arellano University in the latter part of the "come-from-behind" victory of the Chiefs at the University of Perpetual Help.
Arellano University had a deficit of 17 points in the first half and ended up on his timely defensive stop in the last round to get a come-from-behind 76-72 victory at the University of Perpetual Help Tuesday in the NCAA Season 94 Seniors Basketball Competition at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan.
Maui Sera Josef broke a 70-70 stalemate in the last 73 seconds before the Chiefs sank their crucial flawless shots while forcing the Altas to make costly sales to close the first round of eliminations with a 4-5 win-loss record .
The victory also increased the morale of Arellano U after a fall of 98-79 in the hands of the defending champion San Beda University last week, when Red Lions valued the scorer Robert Bolick with 50 points.
"Siyemre sobrang saya comes from the big 50 points ni Bolick.Myyo down assi ang mga players kasi siyempre their pride nasaktan pero way to bounce back by defeating Perpetual.It's about the wire finishing," said Jelly Codinera, trainer of Arellano U .
Kraniel Villoria scored 15 points including two clear shots in the last 15.3 seconds that the Chiefs came up with three, 75-72, while Sera Josef and Levi Dela Cruz added 14 and 12 markers respectively. Archie Concepcion ended with 10 points for Arellano.
The Chiefs with 17 markers declined early in the second quarter after a slow start and followed 38-28 towards the second half.
Arellano came back from the dug-out with fire in their eyes as the Chiefs slowly lifted their deficit.
A Dela Cruz-triple gave the Chiefs a 70-66 lead with only three minutes remaining in the payout period. A Jeffrey Coronel, separated from the charity line followed by a Rey Peralta trey, tied the game at 70 with 1:22 left.
Sera Josef scored with a strong drive to the ring above Prince Eze.
Arellano forced the next game and Adrian Alban split his good goals to give the Chiefs a 73-70 lead. Jasper Cuevas cut the Altas & # 39; backlog to one on a ride for Villoria's two faultless shots. Dela Cruz tapped the ball away from Jelo Razon for a Villoria stalk.
Dela Cruz sealed the win with a split of the line with another 7.8 seconds.
The Altas absorbed their fourth loss in nine games to end the first round.
Eze had 22 points and 25 rebounds in a lost cause for perpetual. Coronel got 12 while Kim Aurin and Peralta each collected 10 markers for the Las Pinas-based team.
ARELLANO (76) – Villoria 15, Sera Josef 14, Dela Cruz 12, Concepcion 10, Canete 9, Alban 8, Dela Torre 6, Codinera 2, Alcoriza 0, Ongolo Ongolo 0, Sacramento 0, Santos 0, Segura 0.
PERPETUAL (72) – Eze 22, Coronel 12, Aurin 10, Peralta 10, Cuevas 8, Canoy 5, Razon 4, Pedrosa 1, Mangalino 0, Tamayo 0.
Quarterly scores: 8-19, 28-38, 51-53, 76-72.
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