Teytey Teodoro tries to hit a jumper against UE’s Jason Varilla in their encounter at the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup. Teodoro led the Heavy Bombers win against UE with 20 points. (Photo by Jamil Buergo)
The Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers made it two in a row against UAAP teams employing hard-pressing defense as they fashioned a 67-62 victory over the UE Red Warriors in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup basketball tournament on a Sunday afternoon at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
Coming off a win over the reigning UAAP champions De La Salle Green Archers last week, the Heavy Bombers turned to their veterans led by Teytey Teodoro in securing their second victory in as much games in the young tournament.
JRU Headcoach Vergel Meneses still was not fully satisfied with the outcome as the Heavy Bombers, who were leading 67-58 with less than three minutes in the game, allowed the Red Warriors to mount a comeback via a string of turnovers committed by his team. “Supposed to be pagdating ng third or second quarter and your up by a big margin, you have to finish strong.” said Meneses. “It’s a good thing when they were able to make a run, kaunti na lang yun oras. Kung mahaba-haba pa yan, baka natalo pa kami.” he adds
After the game, Meneses also revealed that JRU will have a playing assistant coach in the coming NCAA season in Gio Lasquety. “Si Gio communicates well at laging consistent yun leadership niya and that’s his role.” explains Meneses. “He (Gio) helps me a lot pagdating sa gameplan and I refer to him when I say eto ang gagawin natin so ano ang masasabi mo and he gives his inputs.” he adds. Meneses hinted that he may not be the coach of JRU for long and Lasquety is being groomed to be the future head coach.
Teodoro hit 20 points in just 21 minutes while Erwin Grospe tallied 10 points for JRU.
Alvin Pasaol scored 10 points for the Red Warriors, who was the lone double-digit scorer for the team.
UE now sports a 1-1 win-loss record.
JRU (67) – Teodoro 20, Grospe 10, Dela Virgen 8, Mendoza 7, Lasquety 6, Abdulwahab 6, Poutouochi 4, Sawat 4, Estrella 2, Mate 0, Bordon 0, Astilla 0.
UE (62) – Pasaol 10, Derige 8, Maloles 7, Olayon 6, Manalang 6, Varilla 5, Conner 5, Cullar 4, Acuno 4, Magbuhos 2, Cruz 2, Armenion 2, Gagate 1, Abanto 0, Green 0.
Quarterscores: 19-16, 41-38, 59-48, 67-62.