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Dela Cruz bangs triple as Chiefs pip Stags in OT

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Arellano University joined Letran and Perpetual Help at third place as it outlasted San Sebastian, 82-81, in overtime in the 94th NCAA basketball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

Diminutive but big-hearted Levi dela Cruz drained the game-winning triple and made the decisive steal late in OT to help the Chiefs secure their second win against a defeat.

Interestingly, it was also dela Cruz who came through late in OT of a 75-69 triumph over Emilio Aguinaldo on July 19.

The Stags suffered their third setback against two wins.

The Boxscores:

Arellano U 82 – Alban 18, Alcoriza 15, Dela Cruz 10, Sera Josef 8, Villoria 8, Concepcion 7, Canete 6, Santos 5, Dela Torre 3, Sacramento 2, Bayla 0, Ongolo Ongolo 0, Codinera 0, Segura 0, Abdurasad 0

San Sebastian 81 – Calisaan 28, Calma 15, Capobres 12, Dela Cruz 10, Are 8, Ilagan 4, Valdez 2, Sumoda 2, Villapando 0, Baytan 0, Desoyo 0, Isidro 0

Quarterscores: 17-12; 31-25; 43-53; 72-72; 82-81 (OT)