TEY Teodoro came up big down the stretch as Jose Rizal University hacked out an 86-77 win over Wangs on Tuesday in the PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup at the JCSGO Gym in Cubao.
Quiet in the first three quarters, Teodoro caught fire in the final period, scoring 15 of JRU's last 17 points.
JRU coach Vergel Meneses was glad Teodoro responded to his challenge, lifting the Bombers who trailed by 12 at the half.
"Yung pag take charge, nya right time e. Yun sinasabi ko sa kanya, when the game is on the line, take charge," Meneses said.
With a 4-4 win-loss record, the Heavy Bombers secured a seat in the quarterfinals by virtue of win-over-the-other rule against Batangas while ousting Wangs (3-6).
Jerard Bautista scored 15 and John Grospe had 14 points.
John Ambuludto added 10 points and nine rebounds.
Mark Montuano paced the Couriers with 20 points, but was a non-factor in the fourth quarter.
Rey Publico had 19 markers.
JRU 86 - Teodoro 21, Bautista 15, Grospe 14, Amboludto 10, Bulawan 9, Marquez 9, Poutouochi 6, Bordon 2, Astilla 0, Dela Virgen 0, Lasquety 0.
Wangs 77 - Montana 20, Publico 19, Tambeling 11, Tayongtong 11, King 5, Enriquez 4, Montemayor 4, Lasco 2, Labing-isa 1, Brana 0, Regalado 0, Salcedo 0.
Quarterscores: 17-20; 39-48; 61-63; 86-77.