Jade Talampas caught fire from beyond the arc to help Arellano pull off a shocker against second seed San Beda, 74-72, in the NCAA Season 99 men’s basketball tournament at the FilOil EcoOil Centre in San Juan City on Friday, Oct. 27.
The 23-year-old Talampas scored 14 of 18 points in the fourth quarter, highlighted by a perfect 4-of-4 shooting from the three-point line and the ultimate dagger coming in with 5.9 seconds left to seal the Chiefs’ second win in 10 games and against a formidable Red Lions side that dropped to 7-3.
Arellano’s stunning win also spoiled James Payosing’s career-high 20 points for San Beda.
The Chiefs unloaded two crucial runs—the first in the third quarter where they overhauled double-digit deficits and the other one late in the game when they fought back and leaned on Talampas’ sniping to complete the reversal.
After Talampas nailed the last of his three thunderous triples with five seconds to go, Arellano held its ground as San Beda’s Fil-Canadian neophyte Jomel Puno missed a potential game-tying, overtime-forcing layup before the final buzzer sounded.
Defense was also one of the keys for Arellano as it shackled San Beda’s leading scorer Jacob Cortez to just two points.
Ralph Yanes chipped in 11 points while team captain Danielle Mallari and Troy Valencia added 10 markers each for the Chiefs.
Clifford Jopia also saw his massive 11-point, 18-rebound and three-block effort put to waste.
Arellano U 74– Talampas 18, Yanes 11, Mallari 10, Valencia 10, Capulong 8.Ongotan 5, Villarente 4, Geronimo 4, Sunga 2, Dela Cruz 2, Rosalin 0
San Beda 72– Payosing 20, Puno 14, Jopia 11, Tagle 9, Alfaro 7, Cuntapay 6, Gallego 3, Cortez 2, Visser 0, Tagala 0, Llanera 0, Peregrina 0, Royo 0
Quarterscores: 17-24; 35-43; 57-53; 74-72
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