RY dela Rosa picked the right time to explode as he ended Jose Rizal University's NCAA Season 95 campaign on a high note with a 77-73 thriller over Arellano Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The sophomore sniper shot 5-of-11 from threes to lead the Heavy Bombers with a career-best 21 points and four rebounds as they ended the season with a 5-13 record.
Agem Miranda also had 13 points, six assists, and two boards, including the go-ahead charities with 7.9 seconds left that put JRU up, 75-73.
Kent Salado had one last shot to win the game for Arellano, but his triple from way downtown was blocked by JL delos Santos, leading to Dela Rosa icing the game at the free throw line with 2.8 ticks.
"Sinabi ko sa kanila, if you can finish the season on a high note, gawin natin para maganda baon natin for next year," said coach Louie Gonzalez, with the Heavy Bombers also snapping a six-game losing streak.
Although JRU missed the Final Four for the fourth straight season, the positive showing from this year sets the team up to a bright future with the young core it has.
"I’m looking forward for a great future with the team. Itong mga batang ito, they really committed, nag-buy in sa sistema namin. Wala akong masabi, kahit galing kami sa mabigat na laro, if I call practice the next day, may energy pa rin," said Gonzalez.
Thomas Vasquez added 13 points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals, while Ronnie Aguilar got 10 points and nine boards in the triumph.
Salado, meanwhile, ended his NCAA career with a defeat, bowing out with 22 points, seven assists, five rebounds, and two steals for the Chiefs.
Rence Alcoriza also had 20 points and three boards as Arellano finished the season at the bottom of the standings at 4-14.
JRU 77 -- Dela Rosa 21, Miranda 13, Vasquez 13, Aguilar 10, Jungco 6, Arenal 4, Amores 4, Dionisio 2, Abaoag 2, Macatangay 2, Delos Santos 0.
ARELLANO 73 -- Salado 22, Alcoriza 20, Arana 8, Concepcion 5, Santos 5, Oliva 5, Sablan 3, Espiritu 3, Bayla 2, Talampas 0.
Quarters: 13-18, 35-38, 55-56, 77-73.