Jose Rizal University leaned on a clutch jumper by Teytey Teodoro as it turned back an upset-conscious Emilio Aguinaldo, 60-59, on Thursday, to get back on track in the NCAA Season 92 Men’s Basketball Division at the FilOil Flying V Arena, San Juan.
With the game on the line, Teodoro stepped up and hit a jumper near the free throw line with EAC skipper Francis Munsayac on his face and with 5.5 seconds left in the clock to help seal the Bombers their second win against three defeats.
The Generals had an opportunity to turn things around in their favor but Munsayac, who gave them the lead by swishing a jumper with 11.1 seconds to go, misfired on his three-point attempt at the buzzer.
Teodoro got help from Mark Cruz, who contributed 14 points, his best performance of the year after scoring just a total of six in his first four outings.
Jose Rizal coach Vergel Meneses wasn’t happy despite the triumph.
“I didn’t see any positive in this game and we’re way below the level of San Beda and Mapua,” said Meneses.
Paolo Pontejos, the second best player in the squad behind Teodoro, was benched and saw action in just less than five minutes after he missed all four of his shots.
Teodoro, however, came through to fill the void.
Sydney Onwubere and Cameroonian Hamadou Laminou wreaked havoc inside with the former churning out 18 points, 19 rebounds and two blocks and the latter finishing two blocks short of a triple-double and wound up with 14 points, 14 boards and eight blocks.
But the Generals went to their struggling guards instead particularly Munsayac, who missed the potential game-winning three for the second straight game after he muffed one late in their 57-60 defeat to the Allwell Oraeme-less Mapua last week.
The Generals slid to 1-4.
JRU Heavy Bombers (60) – Teodoro 21, Cruz 14, Grospe 6, dela Paz 5, Abdul Wahab 4. Poutouochi 4, Evardo 2, Lasquety 2, Mendoza 2, Astilla 0, dela Virgen 0, Pontejos 0
EAC Generals (59) – Onwubere 18, Laminou 14, King 7, Serrano 7, Guzman 6, Munsayac 4, Morada 3, Corilla 0, Mendoza 0, Pascua 0
Quarterscores: 19-10; 29-30; 45-44; 60-59