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Arellano Chiefs scalp Mapua Cardinals, 91-82

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The Arellano University Chiefs shutdown the Mapua University Cardinals in the pay-off period to post a 92-81 win in the second game of the opening day of NCAA Season 93.

Leading by a solitary point, 80-79 with 5:57 left in the fourth quarter, the Chiefs clamped down on defense to rip apart a close game.

An 11-2 blast capped by five straight points from Kent Salado gave the Arellano Chiefs the late game kick to finish a stubborn Mapua Cardinals.

With the triumph, the Chiefs joined the San Beda Red Lions in the opening day win column.

The Cardinals got off to an excellent start by going three out three from the field for an early 8-2 lead over the Chiefs.

With Estrella leading the pace, Mapua posted a 15-8 lead in the quarter.

With the Cardinals threatening to pull away, the Chiefs’ gunners found their strides to narrow the gap and even take the lead at 25-23.

The two teams battled closely in the second quarter with several deadlocks, the last at 38-all with less than three minutes left in the first half.

Estrella completed a three-point play but Richard Abanes retaliated with a triple for Arellano to complete the first half scoring 46-44 in favor of the Cardinals.

Boxscores:

Arellano 91 – Salado 24, Cañete 17, Meca 9, Dela Cruz 8, Enriquez 8, Villoria 7, Flores 5, Nicholls 5, Abanes 3, Alcoriza 3, Concepcion 2, Ongolo Ongolo 0, Padilla 0.

Mapua 82 – Victoria 23, Estrella 19, Orquina 9, Aguirre 8, Nieles 8, Raflores 8, Pelayo 7, Buñag 0.

By: Erel Cabatbat