JRU destroys Arellano in rematch of last year's semis
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 27, 2015 06:56 PM
CLAMPING DOWN. JRU held last season's best offensive team to only 32 percent from the field en route to a season-opening victory.
Jose Rizal University entered the 91st season of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament still with a bitter taste from their mouths coming from a playoff defeat at the hands of Arellano University.
That bitter taste is sure to be gone now after the Heavy Bombers turned the Chiefs into rubble, 78-61, on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Cameroonian Abdel Poutouochi had for himself a powerful introduction to the league with 23 points and 11 rebounds while Teytey Teodoro added 11 markers of his own in JRU’s well-balanced offensive.
It was on the other end, however, that Vergel Meneses’ wards gave their opponents nightmares in only allowing 32 percent shooting from the field. After a 19-all first quarter, the Bombers clamped down and surrendered only nine points while scoring 21 of their ownto take a 40-28 lead into the half.
“Again, we played defense. That’s why we won,” coach Vergel Meneses said in his post-game conference.
The Chiefs’s struggles was best personified by Jiovani Jalalon, recognized for being a SEA Games gold medalist before the game, who ended with only four points from a 20 percent clip and seven turnovers.
JRU 78 – Poutouochi 23, Teodoro 11, Abdul Wahab 9, Lasquety 8, Sanchez 7, Dela Paz 6, Grospe 6, Pontejos 4, Cruz 2, Aurin 2, Astilla 0, Balagtas 0, Dela Virgen 0
ARELLANO 61 – Salado 15, Holts 11, Enriquez 10, Cadavis 8, Bangga 5, Gumaru 5, Jalalon 4, Nichols 3, Meca 0, Ongolo 0, Ortega 0, De Guzman 0, Zamora 0, Tano 0
QUARTER SCORES: 19-19, 40-28, 66-41, 78-61
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