PAOLO Pontejos and Tey Teodoro hit the big baskets in the dying moments as Jose Rizal University hammered out a 77-75 win over Racal on Monday in the PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup at the JCSGO Gym in Cubao.
Pontejos scored 16 points, including the three-point play that gave the Heavy Bombers a 71-66 lead with under four minutes to play.
Tey Teodoro hit a shot off the glass before Rey Nambatac committed a turnover in the next play.
Racal had the chance to tie the game but Nambatac passed the ball to no one instead of taking the shot with a fraction of a second left.
Teodoro scattered 20 points and John Ambukudto scored 12 for the Heavy Bombers, who ended their three-game skid to improve to a 3-3 win-loss record while dealing Racal its first loss in six games.
“Napakalakas ng Racal. Sinabi ko lang sa kanila (JRU) na just keep on fighting,” said JRU coach Vergel Menesses, whose team fought back from 20 points down in the second period.
Jackson Corpuz scored 10 of his 19 points in the final quarter for Racal.
His biggest shot came in the dying seconds as he drilled in a three-pointer as Racal pulled to within two, 77-75.
Sydney Onwubere scored 15 points for the Tile Master.
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.