A FEW days after its breakthrough victory, Jose Rizal University again finds itself on the losing end.
The Bombers paid the price for a premature celebration, but coach Vergel Meneses stresses it was poor defense that really cost them the game against erstwhile winless Lyceum.
Meneses said he has yet to see in these Bombers the defensive intensity that has been the trademark of the program and helped them become a Final Four contender the past few years.
“Since nahawakan ko yung JRU, we are known for defense. Alam nila yun. But they think siguro, they’re winning because of their offense, but hindi eh,” Meneses said.
The Heavy Bombers have won only once in four outings, bowing to Lyceum in a game that saw Pirates import Mike Nzeusseu record 24 points and 21 rebounds. That was days after they downed winless St. Benilde.
“Defensive lapses. ‘Yung sa import nila, we are late on rotating so lay-up after lay-up,” he added.
The Heavy Bombers led by double-digits but couldn’t hold on.
“Early celebration when we were up by eleven points, walang time out, same thing ginawa nila (LPU) but we stopped attacking. It was the other way, they kept attacking us, hindi kami nag-adjust,” Meneses said.
Meneses had a long talk with his wards after the loss, hoping that it will turn things around for the Heavy Bombers.
”Baka matauhan. They were relaxed eh, parang nawala ’yung fire nila,” Meneses said.