JOSE Rizal University rode its young guns and made it two straight victories in the NCAA Season 95 seniors basketball tournament, stunning Perpetual, 71-66, on Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Heavy Bombers survived a late assault from the Altas as they saw their 15-point lead sliced down to just three, 56-53. A technical delay at the 8:13 mark of the fourth was the break they needed as they staged a 13-2 run capped off by a John Amores bucket that made it 69-55 with 3:50 left.
Amores continued to impress in his rookie season with his 15 points and four rebounds, as fellow neophyte JL delos Santos had seven points, nine boards, six assists and three steals.
"These are young players so yung mental toughness, yun ang kailangan namin. Are we sticking it out with each other? Ang tendency kasi lahat gusto mag-play ng hero ball. Pero ang tinuturo namin sa kanila is papaano tayo mananalo ng nagtutulungan tayo," said coach Louie Gonzalez.
Ry dela Rosa added 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc, including a pair of treys midway through the payoff period.
Marwin Dionisio chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds, while Stefan Steinl got 12 points and six boards.
It was a positive showing from JRU after starting the season 0-3, with Gonzalez sharing that the win over Arellano was a huge shot in the arm for the confidence of the young Heavy Bombers.
"Actually yung winning the last game, nagkaroon kami ng confidence doon," he said. "Entering the game, we are more relaxed but I still made sure na hindi kami mawala sa focus. We are making sure na yung katawan nila sumusunod na lang sa sistema."
Perpetual suffered its third straight defeat to drop to 1-3.
Kim Aurin topscored the Altas with 14 points, two assists and two steals, while Edgar Charcos and Tonton Peralta both had 13 points.
JRU 71 - Amores 15, Dela Rosa 12, Dionisio 12, Steinl 12, Miranda 11, Delos Santos 7, Aguilar 2, Arenal 0, Jungco 0, Vasquez 0.
Perpetual Help 66 - Aurin 14, Charcos 13, Peralta 13, Egan 7, Adamos 6, Razon 5, Cuevas 3, Sevilla 2, Barasi 0, Giussani 0, Lanoy 0.
Quarterscores: 17-11; 41-28; 56-52; 71-66.