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Bombers drub Knights as clutch Mendoza explodes

By Ricky Manliguis

MANILA—With Teytey Teodoro struggling against a sticky Letran defense, it’s time for Jed Mendoza to step up. And he did it big-time.

Picking up where he left off last time against Arellano, Mendoza came out smoking as the Heavy Bombers pulled the rug from under the Knights, 65-62, in Friday’s NCAA Season 93 men’s seniors basketball at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

The sophomore guard fired 13 of his 17 points in the second half while forcing a big defensive stop in the end as the Kalentong-based squad improved to an even 2-2 record.

Mendoza went on a tear against the Knights with his drives to the basket, capping off a 10-4 JRU run with a nifty spin move for a 61-50 bubble at the 4:08 mark of the final canto.

But the Knights kept the game interesting with a 12-4 run of their own to come within 65-62 with nine ticks to go. The team had one final push, but it was Mendoza who forced JP Clavo into a turnover.

Teodoro was silent in the final half yet managed to finish with 14 points. Gio Lasquety chipped in 10, while role player Richard David came off the bench to score nine.

Letran, which slumped to 1-2, got 16 points from Bong Quinto, while Rey Nambatac and Calvo followed suit with 14 and 11, respectively.

The Bombers will next meet tournament hosts San Sebastian in an away game on Thursday, while Letran is set to face arch-nemesis San Beda two days earlier.

The Scores:

JRU 65 – Mendoza 17, Teodoro 14, Lasquety 10, David 9, Abdul Razak 5, Grospe 4, Poutouochi 4, Bordon 2, Dela Virgen 0, Castor 0

Letran 62 – Quinto 16, Nambatac 14, Calvo 11, Balanza 7, Ambohot 6, Balagasay 6, Taladua 2, Pamulaklakin 0, Vacaro 0, Bernabe 0, Gedaria 0
Quarterscores: 14-12, 28-24, 47-40, 65-62.

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