Jose Rizal University gave Arellano U a free ride to the top after it brought down a Donald Tankoua-less San Beda, 97-88, on Tuesday, in the NCAA Season 92 Men’s Basketball Division at the FilOil Flying V Arena, San Juan.

Teytey Teodoro sizzled with a game-best 28 points, while spitfire guard Mark dela Virgen went hot by churning out a career-high 20 points as the Bombers copped their ninth win against six defeats, or just a shade behind No. 4 Mapua (8-5).

The loss sent San Beda spiraling down to third with an 11-4 card behind Perpetual Help, which zoomed to No. 2 with a 10-3 mark.

Jayvee Mocon led the Red Lions with 26 points, but they were not the same dangerous unit without Cameroonian Donald Tankoua, who suffered a season-ending ACL injury that sent them dropping three of their last five games.

The Bombers’ triumph came after the NCAA Management Committee, which was chaired by Jose Mari Lacson of host San Beda, denied the protest they filed seeking a replay of their 60-63 defeat to Emilio Aguinaldo College on August 30.

The Kalentong-based dribblers were contending that there was still two-tenths of a second left when EAC’s Jorem Morada fouled Jose Rizal U’s Teytey Teodoro, when the latter was attempting a three-point shot.

But after a series of video replays, the referees decided the foul came after time expired, thus nullifying Morada’s foul.

The board then agreed to the decision.

“The prostest is denied”, said Lacson.

Jose Rizal U’s board representative Paul Supan said he will inform school president Dr. Vince Fabella of the league decision and he says they will still deliberate on the case.

Game Scores:

JRU Heavy Bombers (97) – Teodoro 28, Dela Virgen 20, Cruz 11, Poutouochi 10, Grospe 10, Pontejos 6, Abdul Wahab 6, Dela Paz 4, Lasquety 2

San Beda Red Lions (88) – Mocon 26, Sara 13, Noah 11, Bolick 10, Potts 9, Soberano 5, Tongco 5, Oftana 5, Presbitero 2, Adamos 2, Bahio 0, Bonsubre 0, Carlos 0

QUARTERSCORES: 33-18, 56-34, 79-57, 97-88