On-point Pontejos shoots JRU into much-needed first win
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 12, 2016 06:19 PM
WELCOME CHANGE. Paolo Pontejos and JRU are hoping that this is only the beginning for them.
At long last, Jose Rizal University is on the win column in the 92nd Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Never trailing on Tuesday at the San Juan Arena, the Heavy Bombers made quick work of College of St. Benilde, 86-56, to finally wake up after being widely-regarded as the tournament’s sleeper contender.
Coach Vergel Meneses’ wards imposed their will from the start and overwhelmed their opponents, 22-6, in the first quarter. From there, they weren’t going to be stopped.
“Sa wakas, nakakuha rin,” a relieved Meneses expressed after winning for the first time after three tries. Expected to be among the league-leaders from the start of the season, they instead find themselves in the bottom half of the standings.
Still, JRU was never threatened in their matchup with the Blazers. Paolo Pontejos nonetheless took advantage of the opportunity to break out with 23 points off the bench – all but five of which came in the second half.
The veteran gunslinger’s outburst was nothing but welcome after he averaged only eight points in their first two assignments and even went scoreless the last time around. Teytey Teodoro was right there to reinforce him with 15 markers of his own while their defense stifled their opponents into only 37.5 percent shooting.
Displaying the Bombers’ dominance even further, Pontejos nearly matched the entire output of the Blazers’ bench who only mustered 29 points.
CSB had a breakout of their own with JJ Domingo scoring 21 points. He was their lone effective player, however, as they remained at the cellar with a 0-3 record.
JRU 86 - Pontejos 23, Teodoro 15, Poutuouchi 15, Abdulrazak 8, Evardo 6, Dela Paz 5, Lasquety 4, Mendoza 4, Dada 3, Astilla 2, Caballero 2, Cruz 2, Grospe 2, Dela Virgen 0.
CSB 56 - Domingo JJ 21, Belgica 11, Leutcheu 8, Dixon 4, Castro 3, Pajarillaga 2, Sta. Maria 2, Domingo JS 0, Pasamante 0, Saavedra 0, San Juan 0, Young 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 22-6, 36-22, 57-34, 86-56.
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