Mendoza busts out in Heavy Bombers’ return to winning form

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 21, 2017 03:57 PM
Mendoza busts out in Heavy Bombers’ return to winning form
RISING STAR. Jed Mendoza is emerging as a more than capable running mate for Teytey Teodoro in JRU.

Jose Rizal University is Teytey Teodoro’s team.

Slowly but surely, however, that may no longer be the case in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Second-year guard Jed Mendoza introduced himself and the Heavy Bombers fended off Colegio de San Juan de Letran for a 65-62 decision at the Filoil Flying V Centre, Friday.

Mendoza stepped up big-time and scored 17 points, six coming in the final frame, to go along with seven rebounds, four assists, and one steal to carry his team back into the win column now at 2-2.

It was the 21-year-old’s spin to score that capped off JRU’s 10-4 rush that increased a four-point lead into a 61-50 advantage with 4:08 remaining.

With the Knights still alive and kicking at 62-65 with under 10 ticks to go, it was also Mendoza’s defensive stop on JP Calvo that sealed the deal on the Heavy Bombers’ bounce back.  “Alam kong magaling siya e kaya I keep on challenging him,” head coach Vergel Meneses said about his emerging two-way stud.

Dropping two games in a row, JRU is now back on track ahead of its away game against San Sebastian College-Recoletos on Thursday. “This is a good sign for us kasi nakita natin kung paano bumalik yung character ng team,” the head coach said.

In the first two NCAA on Tour, the home team has wound up as the losing team. “Wag naman sanang sa amin magbago,” Meneses expressed.

On the other hand, Letran will head into its rivalry game against San Beda College on Tuesday holding an uninspiring 1-2 card.

Bong Quinto and Rey Nambatac showed the way in the losing effort with 16 and 14 points, respectively.

BOX SCORES

JRU 65 – Mendoza 17, Teodoro 14, Lasquety 10, David 9, Abdul Razak 5, Grospe 4, Poutouochi 4, Bordon 2, Dela Virgen 0, Castor 0

LETRAN 62 – Quinto 16, Nambatac 14, Calvo 11, Balanza 7, Ambohot 6, Balagasay 6, Taladua 2, Pamulaklakin 0, Vacaro 0, Bernabe 0, Gedaria 0

QUARTER SCORES: 14-12, 28-24, 47-40, 65-62

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