SAN JUAN City – Jose Rizal University leaned on heroic plays from Paolo Pontejos and Bernabe Teodoro to upset erstwhile undefeated season host San Beda College, 79-73, at the 92nd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball games Tuesday (August 9) at the San Juan Arena. The Heavy Bombers improved to 4-5, preventing the Red Lions from registering a sweep of the first round of eliminations by ending their winning streak at eight games.
Pontejos continued to play well against his former school by unloading eight of his team-best 27 points in the pivotal fourth period that saw Jose Rizal battle from a 13-point deficit after three periods, 53-66. Teodoro hit the go-ahead triple with 1:48 to go, 74-73, followed by a Pontejos runner to further pin down SBC, 76-73.
Teodoro followed Pontejos with 14 points while Abdoul Poutouochi also added 14. Overall, the Heavy Bombers outscored their opponents in the fourth period, 26-7, with Pontejos alone having more points.
Donald Tankoua’s 28-point effort went to naught and so did Davon Potts who shot 11. The SBC guards were totally outplayed with team captain Dan Sara and Ranbill Tongco coughing up two points each.
Earlier, the Red Cubs bounced back from a shock loss to the Arellano Braves to take down the Light Bombers in Juniors Division action, 79-69. Robi Nayve led the way for the winners with 15 points as they improved to 8-1 in a tie with the Braves at the top of the table at the conclusion of the first round.
In the day’s nightcap, Mapua Institute of Technology moved into the top four by erasing defending champion Colegio San Juan de Letran, 79-75. The Malayan High School of Science Red Robins made it a double celebration by routing the Letran Squires, 95-74.
The NCAA will hold its annual All-Star Game on Friday between the East and West All-Stars. Also on tap are the traditional side events in the Slam Dunk Contest and Three-Point Shootout plus the debuting Shooting Stars Challenge involving an active player from a school’s Senior and Junior varsity plus an alumni player.
How They Scored:
JOSE RIZAL (79) – Pontejos 27, Poutouochi 14, Teodoro 14, Grospe 9, de la Virgen 5, Lasquety 4, Cruz 4, Abdulwahab 2, de la Paz 0, Mendoza 0.
SAN BEDA (73) – Tankoua 28, Potts 11, Soberano 7, Bolick 6, Mocon 6, Noah 6, Oftana 4, Sara 2, Presbitero 2, Tongco 2, Bonsubre 0, Navarro 0, Alas 0.
Period Scores: 14-22, 35-37, 53-66, 79-73.