Light Bombers claim another victim in defending champ Red Robins

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 29, 2017 02:51 PM
Light Bombers claim another victim in defending champ Robins
GIANT-KILLERS. JRU is the only team to have defeated both champion Malayan and runner-up San Beda.

Malayan 7-2
San Beda 6-2
Letran 5-4
Arellano 4-4
LPU 4-5
Perpetual 4-5
San Sebastian 4-5
JRU 2-7
EAC 1-8

Jose Rizal University finds itself in the bottom third of the standings in the NCAA 93 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

And yet, they are the only team who can claim to have victories versus defending champ Malayan High School of Science and runner-up San Beda High School.

The Light Bombers shocked just about everybody on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, having their way against the unsuspecting Red Robins all the way to a 12-point win, 94-82.

Scoring dynamo Kobe Caballero spearheaded the strong start for the giant-killers, dropping eight of his 24 points in the opening salvo as they built up a five-point lead.

Seldom-used Marwin Dionisio and Ronnie Camua then came out of nowhere and combined for 17 points in the second quarter as JRU only built on their momentum.

The Light Bombers would not look back from there and even had an advantage of as much as 18. “Kapag malakas yung kalaban, parang nacha-challenge talaga sila e,” head coach Vic Lazaro said, nothing but proud of his boys.

Facing off against the defending champions’ twin towers of Warren Bonifacio and Will Gozum, Toby Agustin and Dionisio played big with double-doubles of 24 points, 16 rebounds and 15 points, 11 rebounds, respectively.

Behind those forwards, JRU owned a surprising edge in the interior, 50-34.

They also connived to limit Bonifacio to only 12 points and 19 rebounds and Gozum to only eight markers and eight boards.

The Light Bombers now stand at 2-7, just ahead of bottom-feeding Emilio Aguinaldo College. “Ang problema, yung dapat naming tinatalo, parang nag-iiba yung mentality,” the head coach said.

Still, they are the only team to have defeated both the champions and the runners-up from a season ago. “Kailangan lang ayusin yung mental toughness, pero may materyales na,” Lazaro said.

Malayan didn’t help itself either as it only made good on five of its 24 attempts from long-distance.

JJ Sapinit topped the scoring column for them with 18 points.

Even with the loss, the defending champions remain in first-place at 7-2, on even ground with College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills.

The Red Cubs can set a three-way tie if they win their matchup against Arellano High School later.


JRU 94 – Agustin 24, Dionisio 15, Caballero 14, Camua 12, Serrano 8, Tolentino 8, Vasquez 4, Buazon 4, Amores 3, Sumabat 2, Buno 0, Sicat 0

MALAYAN 82 – Sapinit 18, Bonifacio 12, Escamis 12, Jabel 11, Enriquez 8, Gozum 8, Arches 4, Lacap 3, Garcia 2, Sarmiento 2, Socias 1, Dennison 1, Ramos 0

QUARTER SCORES: 21-16, 48-37, 71-53, 94-82


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