JOSE Rizal University High School slayed a big fish, taking down CSB-La Salle Greenhills, 81-78 to fight another day in the NCAA Season 94 juniors Final Four Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Thomas Vasquez nailed a tough short jumper with 30.6 seconds remaining to put the Light Bombers up, 79-78, and rattled the Greenies, leading to Sidney Mosqueda muffing his left corner triple and Mark Sangco missing an open putback in the ensuing possession that sent the top seed to their knees.
Marwin Dionisio canned a pair of free throws with 4.4 seconds remaining to make it a three-point game, but Joel Cagulangan missed his two triples which could have sent the game to overtime.
Vasquez paced the four-seed JRU with 17 points, nine rebounds, three assists, a steal, and a block, while John Delos Santos got 16 points, seven boards, and three dimes.
John Amores also had his imprint with 14 points and three rebounds, as Marwin Dionisio got a double-double with his 11 points and 17 boards for the Light Bombers.
"Tuwang-tuwa ako sa mga bata kasi in three seasons, hindi pa namin natatalo ang LSGH. What a time para matalo namin sila," sighed a proud coach Vic Lazaro.
It was the first playoff win for the Light Bombers in a decade, the last of which coming at the expense of the Greenies once again, a 95-89 overtime victory back in September 15, 2008.
JRU will try to complete the upset of the defending champions in Game 2 on Monday.
"Hindi pa tapos e. May isa pa. Balewala itong panalo na ito kung hindi namin mauulit sa second game," said Lazaro.
The CSB-LSGH defeat also spoiled the career-best 39-point outing from Joel Cagulangan, who also had six rebounds and three assists in the defeat.
Joshua David added 16 points and eight boards in the losing cause.
JRU 81 -- Vasquez 17, Delos Santos 16, Amores 14, Dionisio 11, Baluyut 8, Icban 6, Macatangay 4, Ganut 3, Portales 2, Bucoy 0, Mangio 0, Fortuna 0.
CSB-LSGH 78 -- Cagulangan 39, David 16, Lepalam 6, Fornilos 5, Calimag 5, Sangco 4, Morales 3, Mosqueda 0, Lao 0, Palencia 0, Valenzuela 0, Cortez 0.
Quarters: 26-23, 37-38, 55-61, 81-78.