Jose Rizal University used a tough late game stand to hold off Batangas, 70-65, for its second victory in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Ervin Grospe stepped up for the Heavy Bombers, scattering 20 points and three rebounds in the win.
But it was Tey Teodoro who helped JRU take control in the third quarter, firing seven of his 18 markers in the period as his side grabbed an 11-point edge, 53-42.
“Just like every time, I tell my players to keep playing. Our defense today was a big improvement compared to our last game,” said coach Vergel Meneses.
Joseph Sedurifa would keep Batangas afloat as he led a furious fightback in the fourth to close in, 61-58.
Unfortunately, he lost hold of the rock in the final minute as JRU milked the clock to secure the victory.
Sedurifa topped Batangas with 18 points and six rebounds, while CJ Isit added 12 markers in the defeat.
In the second game, Wangs Basketball lost hold of a 21-point first half lead but recovered late to score a – win over Victoria Sports-MLQU.
Von Tambeling set the tone early, unloading 12 of his 17 points in the first half as the Couriers raced to a 49-28 lead.
Robbie Herndon led the second half rally, cutting the deficit to five, 72-67, with 7:12 in the fourth, but Wangs did just enough to secure the victory in the endgame.
“The win is because of our early preparation. We had communication both on offense and defense and maganda kasi nakapag-execute kami,” said coach Pablo Lucas.
Marlon Gomez registered a double-double with 7 markers and 13 boards, to go with three assists in the win, while Rey Publico also got 14 points and six rebounds.
Herndon led Victoria Sports with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while John Ragasa had 16 markers in the defeat.
JRU 70 – Grospe 20, Teodoro 18, Bautista 9, Lopez 7, Dela Virgen 6, Lasquety 4, Poutouochi 4, Sawat 2, Mate 0, Sabellina 0, Pontejos 0.
BATANGAS 65 – Sedurifa 18, Isit 12, Fortu 9, Ablaza 9, Dela Pena 4, Sara 3, De Joya 3, Mendoza 3, Laude 2, Inciong 2, Anderson 0, Revadavia 0, Delfinado 0, Menor 0.
Quarters: 18-18, 34-38, 55-44, 70-65.
WANGS 92 – M. Gomez 17, Tambeling 17, Publico 14, Enriquez 10, Acosta 6, Tayongtong 5, Brana 4, Labing-isa 4, Montuano 4, Salcedo 4, Regalado 3, C. Gomez 2, King 2.
VICTORIA SPORTS 83 – Herndon 19, Ragasa 16, Koga 9, Nicholls 8, Plata 8, Grimaldo 7, Dionisio 6, Bitoon 4, Lao 4, Ayonayon 2, Mag-isa 0.
PBA D-League release / Photo from PBA Media Bureau