With both teams parading a 3-0 win-loss card coming into the game, the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta Altas, courtesy of Nigerian import Bright Akhuetie, defeated the Arellano University Chiefs in the Filoil Flying V Premier Preseason Cup in the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan, Friday.
Akhuetie led with 19 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks for the Altas who lead early in the first half thanks to a 16-4 run to close the first quarter with the score, 24-16. Perpetual then continued with the onslaught as they padded on the lead with points in the paint including an Akhuetie tomahawk jam, entering halftime with a 44-30 lead.
In the second half, Jio Jalalon led a comeback as they started the third period on an 11-2 run capped by an Allen Enriquez fastbreak layup to cut the lead to five points forcing Perpetual Head Coach Nosa Omorogbe to call a timeout. Five points was the nearest they could come to a win, however, as the Altas went on to push the lead back to double digits. Everything went downhill for the Chiefs in the fourth quarter as Perpetual opened the period with seven straight unanswered points to post the biggest lead of the game at 18, 71-52, at the 7:34 mark.
Lanky forward Gab Daganon also helped the Altas cause with 14 points, nine rebounds and two blocks along with Genmar Ylagan who hit some timely shots to douse the Chiefs’ comeback hopes as he finished with 14 points on a 5-of-8 shooting clip.
“I just made them realize that if we’re going to be an elite team in the NCAA, (Arellano) will be one of the teams we need to beat badly.” said Coach Omorogbe of his team who is now in the midst of a rebuilding phase after losing former NCAA MVP Scotty Thompson to graduation and former Head Coach Aric Del Rosario.
Ken Salado led Arellano with all-around game of 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals while star guard Jiovani Jalalon tallied 14 points, four assists and two steals.
Perpetual: Akhuetie 19, Daganon 14, Ylagan 14, Singontiko 9, Coronel 8, Eze 8, Pido 3, Sadiwa 2, Yuhico 2, Dizon 1, Lucente 0, Hao 0.
Arellano: Salado 15, Jalalon 14, Holts 10, Enriquez 9, Villoria 5, Nichols 4, Gupilan 4, Abanes 3, Moca 2, Gumaru 2, Canete 2, Flores 2, Alcorisa 1, Cadavis 0, Rivera 0, Ongulo 0, Aguilar 0.