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