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JRU pulls huge shocker as Racal's unbeaten run snapped


By Dugout Philippines

QUEZON CITY--Jose Rizal University dealt Racal its first defeat of the conference, 77-75 in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at JCSGO Gym on Monday night.

Paolo Pontejos and Tey Teodoro combined for 17 points in the payoff period to frustrate the Tile Masters and send them to their first defeat in six games.

Rey Nambatac wasted Racal's final chance as he threw the ball to the referee with 0.4 ticks left.

"We know how strong Racal is. We kept on pushing, kept on fighting, and I told them to be ready," said coach Vergel Meneses, as JRU ended its three-game tailspin and leveled its standing at 3-3.

"Victoria got their first win against us, so I think it's just right that we deal Racal its first loss."

Teodoro poured seven of his 20 points in the fourth quarter. while Pontejos got 10 of his 16 markers in the same frame, as he also chipped in six assists and four boards.

John Ambulodto also tallied 12 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks for JRU.

Jackson Corpuz dropped 19 points and eight rebounds for Racal (5-1), while Sidney Onwubere got 15 markers and seven boards in the defeat.

Box Scores:

JRU 77-Teodoro 20, Pontejos 16, Ambulodto 12, Lasquety 8, Poutouochi 8, Grospe 6, Dela Virgen 3, Bordon 2, Bulawan 2, Astilla 0, Estrella 0, Sawat 0

Racal 75-Corpuz 19, Onwubere 15, Dagangon 8, Nambatac 8, Gabawan 7, Gumaru 5, Mangahas 4, Cabrera 3, Terso 3, Salado 2, Flores 1, Apreku 0, Gabayni 0, Torres 0

Quarterscores: 9-21, 26-36, 52-52, 77-75

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