Heavy Bombers fly higher after upending Red Warriors
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 07, 2017 01:30 PM
TAKING FLIGHT. Teytey Teodoro and JRU's strong start was more than enough to hold off UE.
Through two games in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament, head coach Vergel Meneses has been satisfied with the effort of talent-lacking Jose Rizal University.
Teytey Teodoro showed the way again on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre as the Heavy Bombers leaned on their strong start to hold off University of the East, 67-62.
“Honestly, nandun na yung hinahanap ko. ginagawa na nila yung extra pass ang ball movement na gusto ko,” Meneses said as his boys rose to the top of the leaderboard with a 2-0 record.
Teodoro was stroking the nets for the second straight game and poured in 14 of his 20 points in the first half alone. “Every game, nilalaro lang po namin yung pina-practice namin,” he expressed post-game.
After three quarters, JRU was ahead, 59-48.
Meneses’ boys lifted their foot off the pedal a little bit in the final frame and witnessed their once nine-point lead fall to only 67-62 under the last minute. “It’s a good thing na konti na lang yung oras when they made their run,” he said afterward.
Indeed, time wasn’t on the Red Warriors’ side and the Bombers ended up on top of another UAAP team. “We’re not that talented. We don’t have the talent na we can beat anybody by scoring so this year, our defense will be our best offense,” he said
Ervin Grospe was the only other JRU player in double-digits with 10 points, but team effort on the defensive end limited their opponents to only 35 percent shooting.
Alvin Pasaol was the lone bright spot for UE with 10 points. They dropped to 1-1 in the standings.
JRU 67 - Teodoro 20, Grospe 10, Dela Virgen 8, Mendoza 7, Lasquety 6, Abdulwahab 6, Poutouochi 4, Sawat 4, Estrella 2, Mate 0, Bordon 0, Astilla 0.
UE 62 - Pasaol 10, Derige 8, Maloles 7, Olayon 6, Manalang 6, Varilla 5, Conner 5, Cullar 4, Acuno 4, Magbuhos 2, Cruz 2, Armenion 2, Gagate 1, Abanto 0, Green 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 19-16, 41-38, 59-48, 67-62.
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