Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers

Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers

They won the Fr. Martin Cup as they took down the University of Santo Tomas and lost in the semis of the Filoil Cup to San Beda. The victory by the Golden State Warriors gives this team hope.

After all, they are the proponents of small ball and bombarding from the outside. In the aforementioned Filoil tourney, JRU hoisted the third most number of triples by a NCAA squad. Tops was Letran with 185 followed by EAC with 178 then JRU with 171.

They play with an undersized lineup, sometimes utilizing three combo guards of which they have a plethora - the returning Paolo Pontejos, Teytey Teodoro, Dave Sanchez and Gio Lasquety. This gives head coach Vergel Meneses flexibility to push the ball and press. They can bombard from the outside because they now have a workhorse underneath in Abdel Poutouchi and the much-improved Abdulrazak Abdulwahab, who seems to have finally understood what he can do for the team by playing rim protector and rebounding.

They have a pair of fine forwards in Jordan dela Paz and Marco Balagtas. The problem, however, is everyone tends to stand around while waiting for the guards to figure out what they want to do. The lack of movement hurts and causes them to be stagnant. What they prefer is a quicker type of offense.

But as Meneses said, if they want to win they have to do it by playing defense (they were the best defensive team of the Filoil tournament). - Rick Olivares, contributor

Team Roster:

Abdulwahab, Abdulrazak

Aylagnigni, Poutouochi Abdouladif

Astilla,Kristian James P.

Aurin, Kim Cyril J.

Balagtas, Marco Paulo M.

Cruz, Mark Neil A.

David, Richard John M.

Dela Paz, Cris Jordan C.

Estrella, Darius Duane B.

Grospe, John Ervin P.

Lasquety, Gio Nicolo E.

Pontejos, John Paulo B.

Sanchez, Dave Richard M.

Teodoro, Bernabe M.

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