SAN JUAN City – Jose Rizal University averted a major meltdown as they eliminated Adamson University from contention in the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup, 67-56, in continuing action Wednesday (June 21) at the FilOil Flying V Centre. John Ervin Grospe and Bernabe Teodoro hit the big shots in the fourth period to preserve the wire to wire win.
Jose Rizal held a 15-point lead entering the final period, 53-38, but the Falcons rallied to close in by six with four minutes to play. Up to that point, the Heavy Bombers were held without a field goal until Grospe broke their silence with a three-point play of Sean Manganti, 59-50.
Adamson would not simply fold and go away as they came to their closest 54-59, on four straight points from Pappi Sarr. Teodoro then bailed out JRU with a booming triple at exactly the two-minute warning, 62-59.
“We just had a good start and we were aggressive especially on defense,” said Teodoro. For his part, Coach Vergel Meneses cited his players for recovering well despite not scoring.
Teodoro led all scorers with 23 points, 10 coming in the first half. Grospe followed with 16 points and eight rebounds.
Sarr paced the Falcons with 19 points and 18 rebounds. Jerrick Ahanmisi was next with 15 points on three triples.
The Heavy Bombers will play the winner of the game between San Beda College and University of the Philippines. Already in the semifinals is Lyceum of the Philippines University who will play either Far Eastern University or defending champion De La Salle University.
How They Scored:
JOSE RIZAL (67) – Teodoro 23, Grospe 16, Mendoza 9, Lasquety 6, de la Virgen 5, Poutouochi 2, Abdulwahab 2, Mate 2, Sawat 0.
ADAMSON (56) – Sarr 19, Ahanmisi 15, Manganti 11, Pingoy 9, Zaldivar 2, Manalang 0, Ochea 0, Mustre 0, Camacho 0, Espeleta 0.
Period Scores: 23-11, 40-27, 53-38, 67-56.