NCAA: Bombers finally take off at expense of Generals

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 17, 2018 03:58 PM
NCAA: Bombers finally take off at expense of Generals
JRU got its second win in two days after edging out EAC

There will be no winless season in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Jose Rizal University registered its first win of the season – on the basketball court, that is – by pouncing on Emilio Aguinaldo College, 57-55, on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

The Heavy Bombers had lost their first seven games before the decision in their matchup opposite San Sebastian College-Recoletos got overturned. By virtue of the league ruling on RK Ilagan, their 0-7 record became 1-6 last Thursday.

Still, head coach Vergel Meneses’ crew was yet to come out on top in an actual game. “Sabi ko nga sa kanila lagi, laruin lang nila and good things will happen. I know it’s a hard win, but we played according to the game plan,” he told reporters post-game with a wide smile.

Until now.

Displaying their determination right from tip-off, JRU took flight with a 20-6 start capped off by a Mark Mallari three late in the first quarter.

Of course, the Generals weren’t going away that easily and Hamadou Laminou and Juju Bautista connived to close them to within one, 55-56, with 55.2 ticks to go.

The wouldn’t be able to come any closer, though, as Agem Miranda denied Jerome Garcia’s triple try and Mallari split his free throws to put the icing on the cake that was the Heavy Bombers long-awaited, much-wanted win.

In the end, Mallari had 12 points to backstop top gun Jed Mendoza who had 18 points, five assists, five steals, and four rebounds.

Jun Silvarez also came up big with eight points, 11 rebounds, three blocks, and a whole lot of defense on EAC’s Cameroonian powerhouse Hamadou Laminou who only had 10 markers and seven boards. “Everybody, may nakuha ako,” coach Vergel said.

In fact, it was Silvarez’s air-tight defense on Laminou’s last-ditch attempt that sealed the deal for JRU.

Jerome Garcia had 19 points and 10 rebounds to show the way for the Generals. Unable to find a good look in the dying seconds, however, they fall to 2-6 in the standings.


JRU 57 – Mendoza 18, Mallari 12, Esguerra 8, Silvarez 8, Miranda 7, Padua 2, Santos 2, Bordon 0, Doromal 0

EAC 55 – Garcia 19, Laminou 10, Diego 6, Bautista 6, Maguliano 4, Gonzales 4, Bugarin 4, Natividad 2, Cadua 0, Mendoza 0, Neri 0, Tampoc 0, Robin 0

QUARTER SCORES: 20-6, 28-23, 47-38, 57-55


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