NCAA: Mendoza drops career-high in JRU's comeback win vs EAC
Jed Mendoza and JRU have swept the season series with EAC
Jose Rizal University has given itself a shot to not finish in last place in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
The Heavy Bombers scored the first of the two wins to do just that by riding the hot hands of Jed Mendoza and rising over Emilio Aguinaldo College, 81-78, on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Mendoza dropped a career-best 26 points to go along with three rebounds and three assists while Aaron Bordon delivered four points and four rebounds including, more importantly, the defensive stop and layup that sealed the deal in their rise to 3-14 in the season.
Clinging onto a one-point lead with seven ticks to go on the clock, Bordon put pressure on Generals’ guard Jethro Mendoza and forced the ball to come loose.
He then wasted no time going all the way for the layup that finalized the margin of victory.
Already with its third win and with one more assignment left in its schedule, JRU can tie EAC which ended its campaign at 4-14 in ninth-place.
And since the Heavy Bombers swept the season series between the two teams, technically, they will stand at ninth while the Generals will stand at 10th overall.
JP Magullano paced the Generals with a 15-point, 14-rebound double-double. Playing in his last game in the college ranks, Jerome Garcia scored seven points.
JRU 81 – Mendoza 26, Estrella 17, Esguerra 10, Dela Virgen 9, Silvarez 7, Mallari 5, Bordon 4, Aguilar 3, David 0, Doromal 0, Pascual 0.
EAC 78 – Maguliano 15, Bautista 14, Mendoza 14, Tampoc 13, Cadua 10, Garcia 7, Neri 5, Corilla 0, Diego 0, Bugarin 0, Natividad 0, Gonzales 0, Fuentes 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 19-17, 37-40, 54-61, 81-78
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