Arellano coach Jerry Codiñera hopes to finally solve San Beda riddle

The much awaited finals preview match between the Arellano University and the San Beda College turned out to be a one-sided affair in the second half.

The Chiefs trailed to start the third quarter and never really recovered the entire game as the Lions built as much as a 16-point advantage.

Head coach Jerry Codiñera admitted his wards were just simply outplayed by the league powerhouse as they have yet to beat the Lions this season.

“Outplayed naman talaga kami, they played so well,” he said after taking the 91-81 loss at the San Juan Arena last Saturday.

“Malakas naman si (San) Beda, alam mo naman pag top four malalakas ang teams diyan. They won’t be there for nothing, therefore kahit sino pwedeng manalo.”

The former PBA great said his wards not following instructions on top of their poor adjustment to the inconsistent officiating led to their humbling defeat.

“They didn’t follow intstructions. Hopefully mag-improve by Tuesday,” he said.

“Kaya ayun lessons learned. Hindi kami naka-adjust sa tawagan. We’re having a hard time adjusting doon sa frequency ng calls kung makapal, manipis, lito, confused kami,” he added.

The Chiefs technically are already assured of the twice-to-beat advantage in the semis no matter the result of their playoff match against San Beda on Tuesday.

But Codiñera vowed his wards will treat it like any other game to enter the Final Four on a positive tone.

“A-adjust naman kami. Siyempre you have come out with a good positive attitude going dun sa playoffs,” – By John Chester Fajardo