JRU bombs down CSB to stay strong at third spot

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 03, 2017 06:18 PM
JRU bombs down CSB to stay strong at third spot
FIREPOWER. For the second straight game, JRU showcased its more than capable offense.

Long known as a defensive team, Jose Rizal University’s other side has been making an appearance now in the stretch run of the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

All but one of nine players made good on 50 percent of their shots as the Heavy Bombers burned down College of St. Benilde, 90-77, on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Just four days after scoring a season-best 85 points, Vergel Meneses’ wards yet again put on a fireworks display in this one.

Jed Mendoza showed the way with 19 points built on four triples. “I hope he continues playing well. Nung first year niya, yung gusto kong mangyari, ‘di niya maintindihan, but now, we understand na,” a satisfied head coach Vergel Meneses said.

He was backstopped by Teytey Teodoro and Ervin Grospe who were nothing but efficient with 16 points in 16 minutes and 14 points in 21 minutes, respectively.

It wasn’t until early in the final frame, however, that JRU went on the decisive run that would eventually end up as their ninth win in six games.

With the Blazers decreasing their deficit to only six early in the fourth, Teodoro scored five points in the 11-3 counter that remounted a 78-64 advantage in favor of his team with 6:44 remaining.

The lead would not go down to single-digits the rest of the way.

With the offensively-charged win, the Heavy Bombers still sit pretty at the third spot with three assignments left in their schedule. They are holding tight to a playoff berth with fourth-running and 8-7 Colegio de San Juan de Letran and fifth-running and 7-7 San Sebastian College-Recoletos right behind them.

“Yung panalo namin ngayon, medyo maganda kasi kumbaga, nasisilip na namin siguro (yung Final Four), but we’re hoping to win against San Sebastian pa rin,” Meneses said, talking about their next matchup up against the Golden Stags on Friday.

On the other hand, Clement Leutcheu was the lone bright spot for CSB with a 25-point, 10-rebound double-double.

No longer in contention with a 3-12 standing, their new goal in the tournament is to play spoiler.

BOX SCORES

JRU 90 – Mendoza 19, Teodoro 16, Grospe 14, Abdulrazak 12, Dela Virgen 9, David 8, Sawat 5, Lasquety 4, Poutouochi 3, Castor 0, Mariano 0, Mate 0.

CSB 77 – Leutcheu 25, San Juan 14, Domingo 10, Dixon 9, Belgica 7, Naboa 6, Johnson 3, Suarez 2, Castor 1, Pili 0, Sta. Maria 0, Velasco 0, Mercado 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 21-20, 51-35, 67-59, 90-77.

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