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JRU locks in QF spot after beating Wang's

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By Dugout Philippines

QUEZON CITY—Tey Teodoro caught fire late as Jose Rizal University pulled the rug under Wangs Basketball, 86-77, and clinch a quarterfinals spot in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Tuesday at JCSGO Gym.

The sweet-shooting guard dropped 17 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter as he captained the Heavy Bombers’ 25-point finishing kick. He also had five rebounds and two assists in the victory.

“He had the right timing when he took charge. Sabi ko sa kanya, with the game on the line, you have to get the ball. He’s a big time player,” coach Vergel Meneses said of Teodoro.
Jhaps Bautista also added 15 points, Ervin Grospe had 14 markers and three boards, while John Amboludto got 10 points and nine rebounds for JRU.

The Heavy Bombers fought back from a 12-point deficit, 44-32, in the second period as it unleashed a superb second half to swing the momentum to their favor. Teodoro, then, completed the comeback as he fired 15 of the team’s final 15 markers.

JRU (4-4) will now advance to the quarterfinals, completing the post-season cast thanks to its 70-65 win over Batangas (3-5) earlier in the conference, while also eliminating the Batanguenos and the Couriers in the process.

Mark Montuano paced Wangs (3-6) with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Rey Publico had 19 markers and eight boards.

Box Scores:

JRU 86-Teodoro 21, Bautista 15, Grospe 14, Amboludto 10, Bulawan 9, Marquez 9, Poutouochi 6, Bordon 2, Astilla 0, Dela Virgen 0, Lasquety 0

Wang's 77-Montuano 20, Publico 19, Tambeling 11, Tayongtong 11, King 5, Enriquez 4, Montemayor 4, Lasco 2, Labing-isa 1, Brana 0, Regalado 0, Salcedo 0

Quarterscores: 17-20, 39-48, 61-63, 86-77

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