Pontejos goes off as JRU burns down San Bedaís spotless slate

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 09, 2016 04:22 PM
Pontejos goes off, JRU burns down San Bedaís spotless slate
BOOM. Paolo Pontejos ans JRU dealt San Beda their first defeat in the season.

Now at the end of the first round of the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament, it always seemed like Jose Rizal University was a ticking time bomb counting down to an explosion.

The clock finally ran out on Tuesday at the San Juan Arena as Paolo Pontejos scored 27 points to pilot a booming comeback victory versus erstwhile perfect San Beda College, 79-73.

Pontejos was on-point right from tip-off, but had no help from his teammates. The Red Lions took advantage and took control all the way to a massive margin in their favor of 62-47 at the 2:59 mark of the third.

It was at that point, however, that Pontejos took charge and fronted a rumbling 27-9 rally that suddenly vaulted JRU on top, 74-73. The punctuation of that rally was a Teytey Teodoro triple made possible by an assist from Pontejos.

The graduating guard then followed his assist with a body-contorting floater over the outstretched arms of Dan Sara for a 76-73 Bomber lead with 1:24 remaining. Their defense would not allow any more points from their opponents as Teodoro and Ervin Grospe combined for three free throws for the margin of victory.

In all, Pontejos sparked the 12-minute-long 31-11 charge that eventually became San Beda’s first setback in the season. He also contributed four assists while “Blast Brother” Teytey Teodoro had his own 14 points.

The comeback victory improved JRU’s record to 4-5. With a disappointing start to the season, coach Vergel Meneses hopes this is the turning point for their campaign as he said, “Siyempre, we’ll bring this one into the second round. I hope every game will be like this.”

On the other hand, the Lions remained the league-leaders at 8-1 even with the loss. Donald Tankoua fronted their effort with 28 points and 15 rebounds.

Except for Tankoua, San Beda’s starters merged to shoot 10-of-37 from the field.

BOX SCORES

JRU 79 – Pontejos 27, Poutouochi 14, Teodoro 14, Grospe 9, Dela Virgen 5, Lasquety 4, Cruz 4, Abdul Wahab 2, Dela Paz 0, Mendoza 0

SAN BEDA 73 – Tankoua 28, Potts 11, Soberano 7, Bolick 6, Mocon 6, Noah 6, Oftana 4, Tongco 2, Sara 2, Presbitero 1, Alas 0, Bonsubre 0, Navarro 0

QUARTER SCORES: 14-22, 35-37, 53-66, 79-73

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