JRU’s coach Vergel admits: ‘Now, we’re rebuilding’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 30, 2018 07:24 PM
JRU’s coach Vergel admits: ‘Now, we’re rebuilding’
It's Jed Mendoza's time to shine now for rebuilding JRU

HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 11-8 overall, third-seed after eliminations, lost in stepladder playoffs to San Sebastian

YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: MJ Dela Virgen, Darius Estrella, Jed Mendoza

WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: Ry Dela Rosa, Andrei Dulalia, Agem Miranda

GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Abdul Wahab Abdul Razak, Ervin Grospe, Gio Lasquety, Abdel Poutouochi, Teytey Teodoro

WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM JRU?

Truth be told, nobody knows anything at all about JRU.

“Now, we’re rebuilding. Parang ang naiwan sa aking players, aapat lang from past season. I’m not expecting too much kasi bago nga yung team namin.” – head coach Vergel Meneses

Longtime veterans Ervin Grospe and Gio Lasquety have graduated and NCAA 94 was supposed to be the Teytey Teodoro show.

Only, Teodoro departed from Shaw Boulevard due to circumstances yet to be disclosed.

Now, Jed Mendoza is the only known commodity for head coach Vergel Meneses and it’s high time for him to take the next step into becoming a go-to-guy.

“Ang sabi ko sa kanya, let your teammates get involved. I’m not asking you to shoot every time or score 30 points. You need your teammates para ma-open yung floor for you.” – head coach Vergel Meneses

But fear not, Heavy Bombers faithful, a ray hope may very well be found in Darius Estrella, a former NCAA Juniors MVP who was having flashes of brilliance before tearing his ACL a year ago.

WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM JRU?

Clearly, JRU’s one and only answer to this question is Mendoza who won the Most Improved Player last year and only looks to improve even more. Much also rests on the shoulders of Estrella who has no time to waste in getting back to his old self.

Coach Vergel also has promising pieces coming in in the form of former University of the East do-it-all player Agem Miranda and double-double machine Andrei Dulalia as well as ex-San Beda HS’ solid contributor Ry Dela Rosa.

For the first time in years, the Heavy Bombers won’t have a foreign student-athlete so expect the locals to go all-out and all-heart.

“Ang sinasabi ko sa mga players ko, just keep working hard, just keep fighting. I’m not asking you for a win, na every game, kailangan tayong manalo. Ang hinahanap ko lang sa kanila at magtatrabaho sila every game.” – head coach Vergel Meneses

WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR JRU?

Coach Vergel Meneses is the longest-tenured head coach in the NCAA and he has made the Final Four in all but three of his eight years on the coaching chair.

“We’ll be there every game, fighting. Yun lang ang masasabi ko. Sa nakikita ko, yung puso ng mga bata compared to last time, maganda.” – head coach Vergel Meneses

If, somehow, some way, he gets the Heavy Bombers to the playoffs once more, could anybody even question his coaching credentials?

WHERE WOULD JRU BE AT THE END OF NCAA SEASON 94?

Unfortunately, as much as everybody loves them some Vergel Meneses, he and his boys would be watching the Final Four at home or at school. As always, JRU could pull off upsets, but those would be few and far between.

WHEN IS JRU’S FIRST GAME IN NCAA SEASON 94?

JRU’s first game in the season is a home game in their Shaw Boulevard campus. Visiting them there on July 12 will be Mapua.

As always, all of the #GalingNCAA will be on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, and livestream.

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