Jose Rizal University stretched its winning run to three with a 67-64 overtime victory over Mapua on Friday in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Filoil EcoOil Centre.
The Bombers scored seven of first nine points in the extra period to erect a 67-62 advantage entering the two-minute mark.
Rence Nocum cut the deficit to 64-67, but the Cardinals could not catch a break down the stretch, as Joaqui Garcia bungled a three-pointer as time expired.
JRU continued its rise from a 0-2 start, while handing Mapua its fifth consecutive loss after a season-opening win over San Beda.
Bombers’ coach Louie Gonzalez hopes that his troops will have a better ball sharing as the tournament progresses.
“Siguro, ito ‘yung learning dito. We only dished out 12 assists. ‘Yun ang ia-address doon sa team ko. I think we still need to do more preparation sa paghulma ng play,” said Gonzalez.
Joshua Guiab came through with 17 points and 10 rebounds while Marwin Dionisio chipped in 15 points and five boards for JRU.