FilOil: Jose Rizal d. Santo Tomas, 61-55

2017 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup     SAN JUAN City – Jose Rizal University gained a foothold into the quarterfinals of the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup by rallying to beat University of Santo Tomas, 61-55, at the FilOil Flying V Centre Sunday (May 28). This marks the fifth win in six games for the Heavy Bombers as they cemented their hold on solo Second Place in Group A.

Darius Estrella and Ervin Grospe drained back-to-back triples to bail out JRU and shatter a 55-55 stalemate.  Grospe’s triple barely beat the 24-second shot clock with 19 ticks on the game clock for the final tally as the Tigers bungled their ensuing possession.

“I challenged them at halftime by telling them I did not like the way they were playing with no energy,” said winning coach Vergel Meneses.  “We fought their scoring run with defensive stops and our offense followed.”

UST briefly looked headed for the victory by controlling the second and third periods but JRU made their move in the fourth period to erect a nine-point lead, 55-46.  Suddenly, the Tigers clawed back with nine straight points capped by the tying basket by Wendell de Guzman entering the final two minutes for the game’s final deadlock.

Grospe paced the Heavy Bombers with 18 points to go with three rebounds and two assists.  Bernabe Teodoro followed with 10 points.

De Guzman topped UST with 17 markers.  Christian Garcia was next with 13 points as the Tigers dropped to 1-4 and in danger of missing the quarterfinals.

In the day’s opening game, Ateneo de Manila University maintained its perfect record in the Juniors Division after dealing Nazareth School of National University its first loss, 76-66.  SJ Belangel led the way for the Blue Eaglets with 19 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals as they hardly missed 6’11” beanpole Kai Sotto who went to the United States for a training camp.

How They Scored:

First Game (Juniors)

ATENEO DE MANILA (76) – Belangel 19, Manuel 13, Angeles 12, Ildefonso 10, Gusi 8, Credo 4, David 4, Escalona 2, Ong 2, Chiu 2, Lopa 0, Narciso 0, Tanedo 0, Fetalvero 0, Jaymalin 0, Santos 0, Sahali 0.

NAZARETH-NU (66) – Fortea 13, Gonzales 10, Oczon 9, Coyoca 8, Javillonar 7, Sarip 7, de la Cruz 4, Baluyot 3, Pradella 3, Pangilinan 1, Minerva 1, Manalang 0, Felicilda 0, Gayola 0, Lantaya 0, Puray 0, Calamaan 0.

Period Scores: 23-14, 37-32, 60-47, 76-66.

Second Game (Seniors)

JOSE RIZAL (61) – Grospe 18, Teodoro 10, Estrella 7, Mendoza 5, de la Virgen 4, Mate 4, Poutouochi 3, Lasquety 2, Abdulwahab 2, Bordon 2, Mariano 2, Sawat 2.

SANTO TOMAS (55) – de Guzman 17, Garcia 13, Sta. Ana 8, Akomo 6, Faundo 4, Escalambre 3, Basibas 2, Lee 2, Garrido 0, Caunan 0, Huang 0, Afoakwah 0.

Period Scores: 15-13, 22-26, 40-42, 61-55.


About Anthony E. Servinio

A long-time television sportscaster, magazine writer, photographer and college professor from the Philippines finally gives blogging a try after more than a decade of on-line presence. Read on folks!
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