By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
THE JOSE RIZAL University Heavy Bombers take a shot at bringing down the undefeated College of Saint Benilde Blazers when the two teams collide in National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 95 action today at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.
Winners of three of their last four games, the Bombers (3-4) look to sustain their fine form of late with a victory in their 2 p.m. game over the Blazers, who have been solid so far in the ongoing season of the country’s oldest collegiate league with a 4-0 card.
After opening its tournament campaign with three straight losses, Louie Gonzalez-coached JRU has since gone 3-1, with its latest victory coming over the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 64-58, in an NCAA on Tour offering on Aug. 1 at the JRU Gym.
The Heavy Bombers found the going tough in the third quarter against the Generals but managed to adjust and come back strong in the fourth period to defend their home court.
John Amores led the Heavy Bombers in the win with 16 points and six rebounds while Chester Jungco chipped in 12 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and two assists.
JL Delos Santos had a double-double outing of 10 points and 10 rebounds for JRU, which missed the services of key cog Agem Miranda last time around, serving his one-game suspension.
Saint Benilde, for its part, is aching to return to action after seeing its last two matches washed out and rescheduled because of inclement weather and the subsequent suspension of classes.
The Blazers were supposed to play on Aug. 2 and 6 but games on those days were postponed to a later date by the NCAA management committee.
The last time Saint Benilde played was on July 30 against the San Sebastian Stags and came away as a 77-72 winner despite playing sans top man Justin Gutang who was out because of knee injury.
Guard Unique Naboa paced CSB with 15 points, followed by Chris Flores with 14.
Jimboy Pasturan and Clement Leutcheu each had 12 points for the Blazers while veteran Yankie Haruna finally played his first game from injury and finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Also playing today at 4 p.m. are San Sebastian (2-3) and EAC (1-5). Both teams are currently skidding and out to book a much-needed win.
The Stags have lost three straight since opening the tournament with back-to-back wins while the Generals have dropped four straight.
Meanwhile, the NCAA will have its first Saturday schedule this season on Saturday, April 10, at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
League-leading and defending champions San Beda Red Lions (4-0) will battle rivals and on-a-roll Letran Knights (5-1) at 2 p.m. while season hosts Arellano Chiefs (1-4) face off with tailending Mapua Cardinals (0-5) at 4 p.m.