The National Collegiate Athletic Association, put on hold by bad weather caused by a pair of typhoons, resume their games today, July 14.
Arellano University and Jose Rizal seek a second victory as the two take on winless Emilio Aguinaldo and San Sebastian at the resumption of the 91st NCAA basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
At joint fourth with 1-1 (win-loss) record apiece, the Chiefs battle the Generals at 2 p.m. while the Bombers clash with the Stags at 4 p.m. in the league’s first game in the last week after two of its playdates were postponed due to inclement weather.
The Chiefs, runners up last season, are coming off a much-needed 80-78 win over the Lyceum Pirates on July 3 that made up for a painful 61-78 opening day defeat to the Bombers on June 27 at the MOA Arena in Pasay City.
Jio Jalalon, who was part of the Gilas cadet team that captured the Southeast Asian Games gold in Singapore last month and one of the 10 Smart Elite ambassadors in the NCAA, keyed the victory with 20 points, a season-high 12 assists, six rebounds and four steals.
It made up for a lackluster performance the previous game where in he was held to just four points, three boards and four assists while turning the ball seven times that hastened the Chiefs’ downfall.
“Jio is the heart and soul of this team. Whatever he does will affect the play of the rest of the players,” said Arellano U coach Jerry Codinera in Filipino.
And Jalalon knows how big his responsibility is to his squad.
“I know my teammates look at to me to lead them and contribute in anyway I can,” said Jalalon.
The Bombers, in contrast, are eager to bounce back from a humiliating 62-78 defeat to the over-achieving Letran Knights on July 3.
Jose Rizal will have its hands full against a new-look San Sebastian team, which went down fighting in a heartbreaking 86-88 defeat to the Cardinals on July 2.
Rodney Santos, the Stags’ new coach, relied heavily on a six-man rotation headed by starters Jamil Ortuoste, Michael Calisaan, Ryan Costelo, Bradwyn Guinto and Jeick Fabian, who all wound up with double-digit efforts.
Games today, July 14
(The Arena, San Juan)
10 a.m.- Arellano U vs EAC (jrs)
12 nn.- Jose Rizal vs San Sebastian (jrs)
2 p.m.- Arellano U vs EAC (srs)
4 p.m.- Jose Rizal vs San Sebastian (srs)