Teodoro sparks Bombers' second straight win
Mark Escarlote on Aug 18, 2016 04:14 PM
Teytey Teodoro of Jose Rizal University dropped 22 points in the Heavy Bombers second win in a row.
Inspired Jose Rizal University stringed its first back-to-back wins in the 92nd NCAA Seniors basketball competition taking down the Mapua Cardinals, 65-60, Thursday at The Arena in San Juan.
Teytey Teodoro anchored the winning push of the Heavy Bombers in the final three minutes to break free from a tight two-point lead as JRU evened its record to 5-5 in a victory and bagged a fitting follow up to the Kalentong-based squad’s toppling of erstwhile undefeated San Beda Red Lions last week.
The third year guard drilled highlight-material three-pointer after an ankle-breaker on Mapua’s CJ Isit and followed it up with an easy layup off a lucky pick on the jumpball to turn JRU’s 60-58 lead to a 65-58 advantage with just 1:18 remaining.
Heavy Bombers head coach Vergel Meneses was all praises to his 5-foot-9 court general, who scored 22 points including a 4-of-7 shooting behind the arc.
“Alam naman natin kung ano talaga ang kakayahan ng Teodoro kung ginusto niya di ba? At any given time kung gusto niyang mag-take charge. He will take charge,” said JRU.
Ervin Grospe had 14 markers while Paolo Pontejos had eight for the Heavy Bombers, who went in the game with a high morale.
“No doubt malaking tulong talaga ‘yung (panalo agaist San Beda) compared na if we came from a loss for sure yung morale ng team mababa,” said Meneses. “Iba yung galing ka sa panalo tapos ang tinalo mo pa goliath.”
The Cardinals, who held a four-point lead entering the fourth, dropped to 6-4 record.
Reigning Most Valuable Player Allwell Oraeme posted 15 points and 19 rebounds while Darell Menina and Joseph Eriobu had 11 markers each for the Cardinals.
JRU (65) --- Teodoro 22, Grospe 14, Pontejos 8, Dela Paz 5, Dela Virgen 5, Poutouochi 5, Lasquety 4, Cruz 2, Abdulwahab 0, Astilla 0.
MIT (60) --- Oraeme 15, Menina 11, Eriobu 11, Isit 8, Serrrano 6, Estrella 4, Orquina 3, Victoria 2, Biteng 0, Bunag 0.
Quarter scores: 19-18; 35-32; 45-49; 65-60
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