Jose Rizal University
Jose Rizal University could have another overachieving year in Season 88.
Ignored after starting the last season with a 3-9 record, the Heavy Bombers made a statement as they went on a six-game winning streak to end the eliminations and made the Final Four.
Without a big-time scorer, the Heavy Bombers have always relied on their suffocating full-court defense to carry them to victories. And that’s what they will continue to do this season.
Veterans Nate Matute, Alex Almario and Byron Villarias will again provide the offense for the Mandaluyong-based squad. Decoy Lopez will also be counted on offensively, but his irreplaceable presence on the defensive end is going to be more important to the Bombers’ cause.
Their most notable rookie is Michael Mabulac, a ripped 6-foot-4 shot-blocking power forward who has typified the game that coach Vergel Meneses wants from his team.
With basically the same lineup and a few recruits coming in, JRU again enters the NCAA season with low expectations, which could be good for the Bombers as they could surprise and win against teams that underestimate them.
The Bombers may not be a sure bet to make it to the semifinals, but they will always be a Final Four contender with the way their brand of basketball.