JRU pulls upset against FEU

By Ivan Saldajeno

SAN JUAN, MM--JRU staved off a late rally fom FEU to pull a stunning 57-55 win in the nightcap of the FilOil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup opening day festivities at the FilOil Flying V Arena on Saturday night.

Despite playing without stars Philip Paniamogan and Michael Mabulac, who have already graduated, the Heavy Bombers built a 14-point cushion, 50-36, early in the fourth quarter.

The lead was enough to withstand a late rally from the Mike Tolomia-led Tamaraws, who still came to within one, 55-56, with 17.6 seconds left.

FEU got a crack at the win when Abdel Poutouochi missed two free throws in the ensuing play, but Achie IƱigo botched his team's final play when he missed a wide-open layup and lost the ball with 3.1 seconds left.

Paolo Pontejos led JRU with 19 points in his return after taking a year off.

Raymar Jose, on the other hand, had a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds for FEU.

Box Scores:

JRU 57—Pontejos 19, Dela Paz 11, Balagtas 10, Teodoro 5, Grospe 5, Sanchez 3, Lasquety 2, Poutouochi 2, Abdulwahab 0, Aurin 0, Dela Virgen 0, David 0

FEU 55—Jose 18, Tolomia 15, Ri. Escoto 6, Inigo 4, Trinidad 4, Arong 3, Tamsi 3, Bienes 2, Orizu 0, Liwag 0, Delos Santos 0, Holmqvist 0, Comboy 0, Roxas 0, Ugsang 0

Quarterscores: 13-10, 32-22, 47-36, 57-55