Play­off-con­tend­ing teams JRU, Le­tran go at it in NCAA re­turn

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FOL­LOW­ING the can­cel­la­tion of sched­uled games on Tues­day be­cause of rough weather brought by Ty­phoon Mar­ing, Na­tional Col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (NCAA) Sea­son 93 ac­tion re­sumes to­day with play­off-con­tend­ing teams Jose Rizal Univer­sity (JRU) Heavy Bombers and Le­tran Knights fea­tured in one of the matches.

Cur­rently at third and fourth place, re­spec­tively, JRU (6-4) and Le­tran (5-5) mix it up in the 2 p.m. game set at the FilOil Fly­ing V Cen­tre in San Juan City with the end view of pad­ding their as­cent in the stand­ings and en­hance their po­si­tions to­ward a top four fin­ish in the on­go­ing sea­son of the coun­try’s long­est- stand­ing col­le­giate league.

The Heavy Bombers head into the match com­ing off a heart­break­ing 115-109 dou­ble over­time loss to the Arel­lano Chiefs last week, a game that the Ka­len­tong-based team fought hard in only to fall short in the end.

De­spite the tough de­feat that halted for it a four- game win­ning streak, JRU is de­ter­mined to bounce back and re­sume its march for­ward.

“There were some breaks late in the game [against Arel­lano] that didn’t go our way,” But we should move on be­cause this is a long tour­na­ment and we can’t af­ford to dwell too much on the past,” said JRU coach Vergel Me­ne­ses as they gear up for their game against Le­tran.

On the other end, the Knights are also out to re­bound af­ter los­ing to the Per­pet­ual Help Al­tas in their last game, 88-82, in over­time.

JP Calvo showed the way for Le­tran with 21 points while Bong Quinto and Rey Nam­batac each had 15 points.

Their ef­forts though were ren­dered not enough as the bal­anced at­tack of the Al­tas, led by lead­ing tour­na­ment most valu­able player can­di­date Prince Eze, was just a hand­ful for Le­tran in said game.

Mean­while, in the sec­ond game at 4 p.m., the Emilio Aguinaldo Col­lege Gen­er­als (4-6) take on tailend­ing Ma­pua Car­di­nals (1-10). — Michael An­gelo S. Murillo

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