JRU bounces back from slump, torches EAC
Mark Escarlote on Jul 17, 2015 04:53 PM
Abdoul Poutouochi had a perfect shooting day to help the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers break a two-game slump.
Jose Rizal University bounced back from two straight losses venting its ire on hapless Emilio Aguinaldo College as the Heavy Bombers blasted the Generals, 67-47, Friday in the 91st NCAA seniors basketball competition at The Arena in San Juan.
The Bombers broke the game wide open in the third quarter, limiting the bad shooting Generals to only seven points in the period.
“Actually nakita ko na they wanted to compete right from the start and had a strong finish,” said JRU coach Vergel Meneses, adding that he saw in his team the aggressiveness they lack in their loss against Letran and the painful overtime defeat over San Sebastian Stags last week.
Abdoul Poutouochi led the Bombers, who evened their record to 2-2, with 15 points in a perfect 5-for-5 field goal shooting and 5-for-5 from the free throw line. Cris Dela Paz scored 10 while Mark Cruz and John Pontejos had nine makers each for JRU.
After a tight first half that saw the Bombers hold a small 35-28 lead at the break, JRU buckled down on defense to yield only seven points while scoring 16 to enter the payoff period with a 51-35 lead and never looked back.
EAC made only 13 field goals in 53 attempts – six in the second half – as the Generals suffered a fourth consecutive loss in as many outings and remained the only winless team this season.
Sidney Onwubere finished with double-double of 10 points and 17 rebounds but committed 10 turnovers in the Generals’ total of 30. Mario Bonleon had nine markers while Francis Munsayac posted eight.
JRU (67) --- Poutouochi 15, Del Paz 10, Pontejos 9, Cruz 9, Estrella 7, Abdulwahab 5, Teodoro 5, balagtas 3, Lasquety 2, Grospe 2, Sanchez 0, Aurin 0, Dela Virgen 0.
EAC (47) --- Onwubere 10, Bonleon 9, Munsayac 8, Mejos 6, Adoum Abba 5, Hamadou 4, Diego 2, Estacio 2, Morada 1, Pascua 0, Corilla 0, Mallari 0.
Quarter score: 17-14; 35-28; 51-35, 67-47.
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