MANILA, Philippines -- Arellano University subdued a hapless Lyceum of the Philippines University side in a low scoring 58-49 victory Thursday in the 88th season of the NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Fil-Oil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.
It was the James Forrester show as the Fil-Canadian continued to impress late in the season scoring a game-high 24 points - following a 28-point performance against San Beda - to lead the Chiefs to a non-bearing victory.
"Our theme for today is championship effort. Although we are out of the running, I want the boys to learn to always play the game with effort because if we can't play well in these kind of situations what more in bigger games," said AU head coach Koy Banal.
"For next year walang mawawala sa amin but we have recruited a lot of new players so I told them last Tuesday it doesn't mean that they are sure again for next year and they need to keep working hard," added Banal.
Arellano cruised to the easy victory without too much threat from the Pirates.
Shane Ko paced the Generals with 22 markers and Dexter Zamore added 11 points in their lost cause.
Arellano, owing to their strong start, took a 30-21 advantage at the break. The Chiefs unleashed a 13-4 run at the start of the game, to set the pace in the first half.
Forrester and Ko led the Chiefs and the Pirates, respectively, in the first half with 11 points apiece.
AU improved its record to 6-10 while Lyceum fell to a lowly 3-14 win-loss card although both teams are already out of the running for a Final Four slot.