Heavy Bombers take flight anew, trounce Generals by 29 points
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 15, 2017 04:03 PM
WELL-RESTED. JRU showed no mercy on defense to an EAC side coming off a moral victory against league-leading LPU.
After dragging down its opponent into the ground, Jose Rizal University has taken to the skies once more in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Enforcing a defense that only allowed 23 percent of field goals to be converted, the Heavy Bombers deflated Emilio Aguinaldo College with a 29-point beatdown, 77-48, on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Only having played twice in the last 11 days, Vergel Meneses’ wards were full of energy in this one.
While it wasn’t evident from the get-go, the difference between the two teams finally showed starting in the second quarter, especially as the Generals were coming off a matchup with league-leading Lyceum of the Philippines University that went the distance last Thursday.
Outscoring their opponents 51-22 in the middle periods, JRU built up a lead of as much as 35 in the third quarter.
It was defense, however, that was yet again their key to victory. Jan Grospe and Abdul Wahab Abdul Razak connived to make life hell for Sidney Onwubere into only five points in 15 percent shooting while MJ Dela Virgen and Jed Mendoza combined to frustrate Francis Munsayac into only two points in 20 percent shooting.
In all, the Heavy Bombers did not allow their opponents to get into any kind of rhythm and forced 53 misses out of 69 field goal attempts. “If we’re playing to our potential, hindi ako matatakot whoever ang kalabanin namin,” a satisfied head coach Vergel Meneses said post-game.
At the other end, Ervin Grospe led the way with a season-high 19 points while Jed Mendoza chipped in 15 markers of his own.
Now standing at 3-3, JRU finds itself holding a share of fourth-place. “Sa kanila ako matatakot, sa JRU ako matatakot,” Meneses also added.
However, they have played the least times thus far in the tournament and will now have to make up for it with three games in 11 days.
Once riding high at 3-2, EAC has now suffered back-to-back setbacks. Jeric Diego and Jerome Garcia topped the scoring column for them with 13 and 12 points, respectively – most of it coming when the game was all but over.
They didn’t help themselves either in botching 21 of their 33 shots from the free throw line.
JRU 77 – Grospe 19, Mendoza 15, Sawat 10, Poutouochi 9, Dela Virgen 6, Teodoro 6, Bordon 5, Abdul Razak 4, Castor 2, Lasquety 1, Pontejos 0, David 0
EAC 48 – Diego 13, Garcia 12, Onwubere 5, Corilla 4, Bugarin 3, Bautista 3, Guzman 3, Tampoc 3, Munsayac 2, Pascua 0, Mendoza I 0, Neri 0, Altache 0, Mendoza J 0
QUARTER SCORES: 14-10, 37-21, 65-32, 77-48
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