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Arellano gets twice-to beat edge, pepper Mapua

By Ricky Manliguis

SAN JUAN—Arellano University claimed the first twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four as it clobbered Mapua, 95-82, in Season 92 of the NCAA basketball tournament Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Arena. Donald Gumaru scores clutch hits as the birthday boy teamed up with Jio Jalalon and Kent Salado in inflicting damage to the Cardinals for the Legarda-based club’s 14th win against three defeats. Gumaru, the third of AU’s potent backcourt troika, unleashed back-to-back triples to kickstart a 19-1 uprising to turn a 74-75 deficit into a 90-76 lead with 1:58 left in the game. The 24-year old graduating student finished with 15 points, hitting half of his 10 three-point attempts in 20 minutes of action. Entering the ballgame, he shot just 6-of-44 from the three-point line. Jalalon exploded once more with 35 points, five rebounds, five assists, and five steals, anchored on five three-pointers, while Salado finished with 15 with seven boards and seven assists. The Chiefs’ outside sniping was evident in the game, as it unloaded 13-of-31 from downtown for a 42 percent clip. The Cardinals, meanwhile, shot just 3-of 15 (20 percent). The Cardinals dropped its sixth game to go along with 11 victories, as CJ Isit issued an all-around game with 25 points, four rebounds, five assists and two steals. Darell Menina handed out 16 markers, while Allwell Oraeme had another double-double of 16 points and 20 rebounds for MIT. The Scores: Arellano 95 – Jalalon 35, Salado 15, Gumaru 15, Cadavis 7, Flores 6, Canete 5, Enriquez 4, Nicholls 3, Meca 3, Villoria 2, Holts 0, Aguilar 0 Mapua 82 – Isit 25, Menina 16, Oraeme 13, Eriobu 8, Orquina 7, Raflores 6, Estrella 3, Aguirre 2, Serrano 2, Victoria 0, Bunag 0 Quarterscores: 16-13, 45-35, 67-63, 95-82.

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