The Arellano Chiefs outclasses the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals in both encounters last season, holding the Generals to just 37% shooting. The Chiefs themselves shot a superb 46% from the field and 32.5% from beyond the arc, while also getting more trips to the line. The one-two punch of Isiah Ciriacruz and Andrian Celada proved too much for the Generals, as the duo poured in a combined 34 points both times.
Stat to Watch: Turnovers; sloppy ball-handling by all of the Generals gave them a 20.5 average in the summer. Given their projected inability to score points, they'll need to execute better or they'll be staring up at a huge deficit in a hurry.
Player to Watch: Jan Jamon, from averaging 2.73 points in 7.18 minutes last season to 12.3 points in 28.5 minutes, Jamon has embraced his position on the floor, leading EAC in scoring in the Fil-Oil Tournament. His shooting ought to help space the floor better for big man Claude Cubo.
Stat to Watch: Turnover points; for a squad that doesn't do anything like actively press ballhandlers, the Chiefs managed to average 18 turnover points a game, comprising 27% of their scoring repertoire. They normed 20.5 turnover points last season against EAC, and they can certainly continue with that in S87.
Player to Watch: Chris Okpe; nearly forgotten in the summer due to all the focus on Mammie, he goes into this season as the lone foreign player of the Chiefs. Even more raw than Mammie, Arellano will nonetheless count on Okpe to give them some toughness down low. Anything he gives on offense will be gravy.
Prediction: Arellano Chiefs