Chiefs sur­vive Blaz­ers, near NCAA foot­ball crown


JUMBEL GUINABANG de­liv­ered the match-win­ning goal in the ex­tra time pow­er­ing Arel­lano Univer­sity to a hard-fought 3-2 vic­tory over Col­lege of Saint Be­nilde (CSB) in the Na­tional Col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (NCAA) Sea­son 93 seniors foot­ball cham­pi­onship on Fri­day night at the Rizal Me­mo­rial Foot­ball Sta­dium in Manila.

Guinabang, who blasted a brace, struck with only three min­utes left, bring­ing the Chiefs closer to their sec­ond tro­phy in his­tory.

“I’m happy with the per- for­mance of my play­ers es­pe­cially in the first half. We fol­lowed our game plan,” said Arel­lano head coach Vel Saluria, whose squad bagged its first ti­tle in 2015.

Saluria was also elated to see his wards step up in the ab­sence of their top striker Roberto Cor­same Jr., who was sus­pended for the fi­nals opener.

Arel­lano notched the first goal in the high- scor­ing first half cour­tesy of Guinabang’s third minute strike but CSB quickly pulled even with main man Daniel Liozo scor­ing a minute later.

Charles Ga­mu­tan cap­i­tal­ized on their op­po­nents’ over- re­liance on of­fense as he posted his goal off a counter-at­tack, push­ing the Chiefs ahead 2- 1 in the 26th minute.

The Blaz­ers found an equal­izer anew, thanks to Renz Tu­layba’s shot just out­side the box at the half-hour mark.

A score­less sec­ond half en­sued, lead­ing to an­other 30 min­utes of ac­tion.

With the match look­ing to be de­cided by a shootout, Guinabang took charge of the at­tack then drained the break­away goal in the 117th to give the Chiefs a onegame up­per hand head­ing into Game 2 on Mon­day at 6 p.m. at the same venue.

In the ju­niors di­vi­sion, San Beda Col­lege leaned on Jim­mar Castillo to sneak past CSB- La Salle Green­hills, 2-1, step­ping closer to a back-to-back crowns and 17th over­all.

Castillo scored in the 46th and 52nd min­utes as the Red Cubs over­came the goal by Ju­nior Blaz­ers’ Vin Dela Cruz in the 32nd.

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