JRU posts back-to-back win

31 12 2006

JOSE Rizal University grabbed win No. 2 yesterday with an impressive 71-63 victory over Mapua Institute of Technology in the elimination round of Fil-Oil-Flying V Preseason Invitational Cup at the Arena in San Juan City .

Forward Marvin Hayes did everything valuable – scoring, rebounding, passing and playing tough defense – to put the Heavy Bombers on top of the leader board after winning back-to-back assignments.

Hayes, 19, racked up 18 points, mostly in the shaded lane, collared 11 rebounds, issued six assists, rejected two Carndinal attempts and had two steals to hand Mapua their first loss after prevailing over Ateneo in a double overtime game last Wednesday.

“I’m so glad the boys finally learned something from our first game,” said JRU head coach Ariel Vanguardia. “Despite our win in the first game, I told my players that I’m still really disappointed but today they prove themselves.”

Vanguardias’s other charges namely, John Wilson added 12 points and playmaker Mark Gagoco contributed 11 points and dished out five assists. While Sean Co and Hermes Sumalinog scored 11 points apiece for the Cardinals.

The Heavy Bombers were leading all-throughout the game after igniting a scorching 16-7 blast capped by three straight baskets from Hayes late in the second period to close the first half leading by 10-points, 33-23.

In the second half, Jose Rizal U kept its swarming defense to cripple the Cardinals’ offense and force them to commit four turnovers.

The Heavy Bombers posted their biggest lead in the game, 58-44, after Wilson ‘s basket with 34 ticks to go before in regulation and JRU were never looked back.

Box scores:

JRU 71: Hayes 18, Wilson 12, Gagoco 11, Cunanan 9, Se 6, Lituana 4, Pradas 4, Agas 3, Nocom 2, Cruz 2.

Mapua 63: Co 11, Sumalinog 11, Guillermo 11, Del Rosario 10, Dela Peña 6, Pascual 5, Mazo 4, Banal 3, Acosta 2.

Quarter scores: 17-16, 33-23, 58-46, 71-63

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