Jose Rizal University (JRU) posted its fifth straight victory by crushing the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates 64-55 on Tuesday to keep its Final Four hope alive in National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 91 men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
Guard Bernabe Teodoro dictated the tempo of the Heavy Bombers’ offense finishing with 32 points via 10-of-22 shooting in the field including six three-point shots. JRU improved its win-loss record to 11 victories against six losses.
Teodoro’s12 points in the third quarter allowed JRU to establish a 51-43 lead over the Pirates.
Big man Abdoul Poutouchi posted seven points and 17 rebounds while John Pontejos also had seven points for JRU.
The Heavy Bombers could beat the Mapua Cardinals or the Arellano University Chiefs, both holding similar 10-6 win-loss records, in the race for a Final Four berth.
In the first game, San Sebastian College beat University of Perpetual Help System Dalta 91-87 to improve its win-loss record to 6-11. Despite the victory, the Golden Stags are already eliminated in the Final Four battle.
“I keep reminding the players to play with pride even though we’re already out of it,” said San Sebastian coach Rodney Santos, who was a former professional player. “And I’m proud of my boys and how this turned out. As much as possible, we want to maintain good habits and positive attitude.”
The Golden Stags defeated reigning champion San Beda Red Lions 98-92 on September 22 before losing 62-69 to another already eliminated team, the College of Saint Benilde Blazers on Thursday.
With the loss, the Altas with six defeats and 11 wins were also eliminated in the battle for a Final Four berth. Both the Altas and the JRU Heavy Bombers carry an 11-6 win-loss record.
Last year’s Most Valuable Player Earl Scottie Thompson of Perpetual posted his eighth triple-double this season and 11th in his collegiate career by finishing with 15 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists.
Gab Dagangon led the Altas with 22 points.
In the high school division, Lyceum of the Philippines beat Jose Rizal High 87-63 to strengthen its Final Four bid. Lyceum now holds an 11-6 win-loss record. In the other match, Perpetual Help High School notched its first win after 10 consecutive losses by beating San Sebastian 60-55.