JRU blasts San Beda into first losing skid since 2014
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 06, 2016 04:13 PM
RUN YOUR RACE. JRU is the first and only team to sweep San Beda in the elimination round this season.
Jose Rizal University was the first team to defeat San Beda College in the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Not happy with that feat, JRU went out and slammed San Beda onto its first losing skid in the season.
Dropping a 33-point explosion in the first quarter alone, the Heavy Bombers ran roughshod on the Red Lions right from tip-off and all the way to a 97-88 domination on Tuesday at the San Juan Arena.
Teytey Teodoro fired 10 of his 28 points in the opening salvo and shot JRU into a 33-18 advantage. MJ Dela Virgen then took over in the second quarter with all but five of his 20 points as they padded their lead to as much as 43-20.
The Bombers put it on cruise control from there and let the Red Lions claw back to as close as 86-93 inside the last two minutes. Fortunately for them, Abdul Wahab Abdul Razak pulled out a surprise and scored back-to-back baskets to wrap up an elimination round sweep of the league’s modern-day dynasty.
Not only that, Vergel Meneses’ wards also handed San Beda their first back-to-back losses in two years.
However, Meneses said they aren’t concerning themselves with their opponents as they run their own race. Standing at 9-6 and breathing down the necks of fourth-running and 8-5 Mapua Institute of Technology, he said of his team, “Tuloy-tuloy lang ‘to.”
A total of five players ended in double-digits for JRU which, as a team, made good on 59 percent of their shots.
On the other hand, the Lions dropped out of first-place and now stand at 11-4 despite the best efforts of Javee Mocon who had 26 points and nine rebounds. They have also lost three of their last four.
JRU 97 – Teodoro 28, Dela Virgen 20, Cruz 11, Poutouochi 10, Grospe 10, Pontejos 6, Abdul Wahab 6, Dela Paz 4, Lasquety 2
SAN BEDA 88 – Mocon 26, Sara 13, Noah 11, Bolick 10, Potts 9, Soberano 5, Tongco 5, Oftana 5, Presbitero 2, Adamos 2, Bahio 0, Bonsubre 0, Carlos 0
QUARTER SCORES: 33-18, 56-34, 79-57, 97-88
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