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Bombers eye to keep streak vs Jaguars

MANILA, Philippines -- The Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers shoot for their third win in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup when take on the University of San Jose Recoletos Jaguars at 11:45am at the San Juan Arena on Wednesday.

The Vergel Meneses-coached JRU squad edged FEU, 57-55, in their Group A opener then held off the College of Saint Benilde, 72-66, last Monday.

The Heavy Bombers haven’t missed a beat so far despite the losses of three vital cogs from seasons past in Jaycee Asuncion, Philip Paniamogan, and Michael Mabulac. Meneses now counts on its pair of high-scoring guards Paolo Pontejos and Teytey Teodoro, forward Marco Balagtas, and center Abdel Poutouochi.

Standing in the way of a third win is visiting Cebuano team, USJ-R that got blown off the court by Letran last Monday, 89-66. The Jaguars count on shooting guard Iron Suano and forwards Kevin Villafranca and Criss Galvez.

Making their tournament debut are Lyceum of the Philippines University now coached by Michael “Topex” Robinson and Centro Escolar University, the surprise team of last year’s tournament when they finished fourth. The two sides clash at 11:45 am after which NCAA rivals University of Perpetual Help and Letran face off at 3:15pm. The Perpetual Help Altas lost three key players in Juneric Baloria, Justine Alano, and Harold Arboleda to the professional ranks leaving reigning NCAA Most Valuable Earl Scottie Thompson to hold the fort with the likes of Chris Elopre, Flash Sadiwa, Gab Daganon, and Ric Gallardo.

The CEU Scorpions, reigning NAASCU champions, return with the hard-working Rodrigue Ebondo, the sweet-shooting Samboy De Leon, point guards Mon Abundo and JK Casiño, and tough power forward Alfred Batiño.

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In a battle of winless squads, UST and Mapua play in the nightcap at 5pm.

 

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