Defensive-minded Heavy Bombers once again flying under the radar

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 25, 2017 03:49 PM
Defensive-minded Bombers once again flying under the radar
DEFENSE WINS. Like always, a league-leading defense has been the backbone for now solo third JRU.

Don’t look now, but Jose Rizal University is in sole possession of third-place in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

After a 2-3 start to the season, they have now rang off three consecutive victories to place themselves at 5-3 – just behind second-running San Beda College at 6-2.

Forgotten in the preseason and then early in the season, Vergel Meneses’ wards are reminding just about everybody that they are here to stay. “If we’re playing to our potential, hindi ako matatakot whoever ang kalabanin namin,” the head coach said.

He then continued, “Sa kanila ako matatakot, sa JRU ako matatakot.”

And they have been doing so just like they have always done – through defense.

Through six games in the tournament, the Heavy Bombers boast the stingiest defense, only allowing 62.8 points per game.

For reference, the second-best defense, University of Perpetual Help, trails by almost two points in allowing 64.1 points per game.

That stingy defense stood strong against San Sebastian College-Recoletos in its own home on Thursday – the very same San Sebastian which has been the only squad to breach the 100-point mark this season.

While Teytey Teodoro is a known name, no other JRU player can say the same and yet, they function as a well-oiled machine.

Everybody from Ervin Grospe to Abdul Wahab Abdul Razak and from Gio Lasquety to Jed Mendoza is contributing.

And now, Meneses’ boys can close out the first round with four wins in a row as their last assignment is only against one-win Mapua University on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Still, the Heavy Bombers are not about to let their foot off the pedal. “You cannot be overconfident against Mapua. They can play,” the mentor expressed.

He then continued, “If we don’t do things right, they’re gonna beat us.”

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